Octapharma develops and manufactures coagulation factor concentrates for patients with bleeding disorders.
"Bleeding disorder" is a general term for a wide range of medical problems that lead to poor blood clotting and continuous bleeding, including:
- Haemophilia A
- Haemophilia B
- von Willebrand disease (VWD)
In people with such disorders, clotting factors like Factor VIII, Factor IX or von Willebrand factor (VWF) are missing or don't work as they should. This causes these people to bleed for a longer time than those whose blood factor levels are normal. Early on-demand or prophylactic therapy that replaces the missing coagulation factor is able to effectively control or prevent acute bleeding in this group of patients.