How Genentech Monitors Safety

Our commitment to your safety: Pharmacovigilance

Discover the process of how we monitor our medicines

At Genentech, we take your safety very seriously. That’s why we monitor the safety of our medicines during clinical trials and after—a process called pharmacovigilance. In this video, you’ll see the steps we take to monitor the safety of our medicines once they are available for use. You’ll also learn how to report any adverse event (any issue that arises when someone is taking a medication, even if the connection between the event and the medication is not obvious) or potential side effect.

There are 3 key components to pharmacovigilance:

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MONITORING

Over 2000 employees monitor and analyze reports of adverse events from healthcare providers and people like you.


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INVESTIGATING

We partner with the community to collect global data that are studied in aggregate to look for patterns. This gives us the clearest, most robust, and constantly evolving picture of how a medicine is working in a real-world setting.


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COMMUNICATING

If we identify that the balance of benefit to risk of a medicine has changed, our team quickly takes action. We proactively notify the FDA, update the package insert or label if appropriate, and communicate the new information to healthcare professionals and the community.

Reporting adverse events

Help us stay vigilant. If you or someone you know experiences an adverse event while taking a Genentech medication, inform your healthcare professional and contact Genentech right away.

Adverse events may be reported to Genentech at (888) 835-2555. You may also report adverse events to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Important Safety Information & Indication

What is HEMLIBRA?

HEMLIBRA is a prescription medicine used for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults and children, ages newborn and older, with hemophilia A with or without factor VIII inhibitors.

What is the most important information I should know about HEMLIBRA?

HEMLIBRA increases the potential for your blood to clot. People who use activated prothrombin complex concentrate (aPCC; Feiba®) to treat breakthrough bleeds while taking HEMLIBRA may be at risk of serious side effects related to blood clots.

These serious side effects include: 

  • Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), a condition involving blood clots and injury to small blood  vessels that may cause harm to your kidneys, brain, and other organs 
  • Blood clots (thrombotic events), which may form in blood vessels in your arm, leg, lung, or head  

Talk to your doctor about the signs and symptoms of these serious side effects, which can include: 

  • Confusion
  • Stomach, chest, or back pain
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Swelling, pain, or redness
  • Feeling sick or faint
  • Decreased urination
  • Swelling of arms and legs
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Eye pain, swelling, or trouble seeing
  • Fast heart rate
  • Numbness in your face
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood

If you experience any of these symptoms during or after treatment with HEMLIBRA, get medical help right away. 

Carefully follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding when to use an on-demand bypassing agent or factor VIII, and the dose and schedule to use for breakthrough bleed treatment. If aPCC (Feiba®) is needed, talk to your healthcare provider in case you feel you need more than 100 U/kg of aPCC (Feiba®) total. 

The most common side effects of HEMLIBRA include: injection site reactions (redness, tenderness, warmth, or itching at the site of injection), headache, and joint pain. These are not all of the possible side effects of HEMLIBRA. You can speak with your healthcare provider for more information.

What else should I know about HEMLIBRA?

See the detailed “Instructions for Use” that comes with your HEMLIBRA for information on how to prepare and inject a dose of HEMLIBRA, and how to properly throw away (dispose of) used needles and syringes.

  • Stop taking your prophylactic bypassing therapy the day before you start HEMLIBRA
  • You may continue taking your prophylactic factor VIII for the first week of HEMLIBRA

HEMLIBRA may interfere with laboratory tests that measure how well your blood is clotting and create an inaccurate result. Speak with your healthcare provider about how this may affect your care. 

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Only use HEMLIBRA for the condition it was prescribed. Do not give HEMLIBRA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist.

Before using HEMLIBRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.

Since HEMLIBRA was tested in males, there is no information on whether HEMLIBRA may impact your unborn baby or breast milk. Females who are able to become pregnant should use birth control during treatment.

Side effects may be reported to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

Please see Important Safety Information, including Serious Side Effects, as well as the HEMLIBRA full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.