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Recall of nasal DDAVP

Ferring US issued a voluntary recall of DDAVP nasal spray 10 mcg/0.1 mL, Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray 10 mcg/0.1 mL, STIMATE Nasal Spray 1.5 mg/mL because of superpotency. Superpotency can cause low sodium levels that could result in seizures, coma or death. If...

2020 Rare Artist Contest now accepting submissions

The 2020 Rare Artist Contest is open for business! Anyone connected to the rare disease community – patient, caregiver, friend, medical professional etc. – may enter the contest. There are different categories for children, teens and adults. Cash prizes are awarded...

New HPS gene identified

Researchers at the University of Bordeaux’s Molecular Genetics, Rare Disease, Genetics, Metabolism Lab report finding a new gene that causes the HPS type of albinism in the Journal of Genetics in Medicine. They found two individuals with the newly discovered gene, HPS...

Albismo Chile invites HPS Network to give presentation

Albismo Chile, the organization for families affected by albinism in Chile, invited Carmen Camacho to give a presentation about Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) to its members as part of International Albinism Awareness Day. “I was honored to be asked to give this...

HPS Network presents to Albinos Paraguay

As part of International Albinism Day, Albinos Paraguay invited the HPS Network to give a presentation about Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. As flying to Paraguay isn’t possible, Carmen Camacho and Nancy Lee, both members of the HPS Network board of directors, gave an...

Donna Appell profiled by Global Genes

Donna Appell, Founder and Executive Director of the HPS Network, was profiled by Global Genes for the month of June as a Rare Leader. The profile summarizes how Appell became interested in Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome and how she started the HPS Network. The article also...

HPS Network acquires donor management platform

The HPS Network has acquired a donor management platform, DonorView, as part of the grant award from CZI (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative). The platform will not only help us manage and communicate with our donors more efficiently, but it offers a variety of tools that...

Appell speaks to Blue Cross/Blue Shield employees

Donna Appell, President and Executive Director of the HPS Network, joined two other panelists on a company-wide webinar for Blue Cross/Blue Shield as part of its Rare Disease Webinar Series: Patient and Family Perspectives. Appell explained HPS to the audience, and...

NORD offers Convid-19 financial assistance program

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), based in Washington DC, has launched a CONVID 19 Critical Relief Program for those with rare diseases. The financial relief program will help meet non-medical, yet critical, expenses. These expenses may include...

HPS Network partners with NIH to create symptom scale tool

Twelve people with HPS or their direct family/caregivers are taking part in focus groups to help refine an HPS symptom scale tool. The tool is a collaboration of the National Institutes of Health and the HPS Network. It will help quantify which symptoms of HPS affect...