Meet Bobbi, a Shire Patient Ambassador
BOBBI: Hi. I'm Bobbi. I'm an HAE patient. I'm a mom. I've got two kids. I've been married for 20 years, and I'm a Montana girl, but I live in Washington. I was diagnosed with HAE when I was 19. Having this disease and not knowing when an attack will come is hard. I think it's harder to explain it to someone who doesn’t have it, but at the same time, that is my life. I live by plan B, so in some ways, it's my normal. I don't know anything different. Knowing and learning as much as you can not only about the disease, but how it affects yourself, is crucial. I think it's important to work with my doctor to develop a treatment plan, because it helps me feel more empowered and less stressed to know what's gonna happen and be prepared when attacks do happen. Having a therapy like FIRAZYR has been a huge impact for me personally. One of the important things in talking to other HAE patients is just stay positive, do the best you can, but know that you can live with this. But the biggest thing is just take it one day at a time and know that today could be rough, but tomorrow’s another day, and just be positive.
NARRATOR: Indication: FIRAZYR® (icatibant injection) is a medicine used to treat acute attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in adults 18 years of age and older.
Important Safety Information: Laryngeal attacks can become life threatening. If you have an HAE attack of the throat (laryngeal attack), inject FIRAZYR and then go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
The most common side effects of FIRAZYR include:
- redness, bruising, swelling, warmth, burning, itching, irritation, hives, numbness, pressure, or pain at the injection site
- too much of an enzyme called transaminase in your blood
The safety profile of FIRAZYR in patients who gave themselves the injection was similar to that in patients who had the injection given by a healthcare professional.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. FIRAZYR has not been evaluated in pregnant or nursing women. You and your healthcare provider will decide if FIRAZYR is right for you.
If your symptoms continue or come back, you may repeat your FIRAZYR injection at least 6 hours apart. Do not use more than 3 doses of FIRAZYR in a 24-hour period.
Tiredness, drowsiness, and dizziness have been reported following the use of FIRAZYR. If this occurs, do not drive a car, use machinery, or do anything that needs you to be alert.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. For more information about FIRAZYR, ask your healthcare provider. For further information, please see the full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information. You can also call Shire at 1-866-888-0660.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.