American Society of Hematology

ASH is committed to helping practicing hematologists provide quality care to patients, continue their professional development, and enhance their knowledge and expertise.

Guidelines and Quality Care

Resources to help practicing hematologists improve the quality
of care provided to patients

Drug Resources

Newly approved therapies and access information on hematologic drugs

Consult a Colleague

Service that provides advice on clinical questions in one to two days

Professional Development

Services to support hematologists with continuing medical education and recertification

Clinical Priorities

Resources to help hematologists understand federal programs, policy developments, and relevant issues affecting clinical practice

ASH Practice Update

Email newsletter highlighting the Society's latest educational offerings and developments impacting clinicians

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  • FDA Approves Nivolumab for Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

    On May 17, 2016, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (Opdivo, marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb) for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) that has relapsed or progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and post-transplantation brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris).

  • FDA Approves Venetoclax for CLL

    On April 11, 2016, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved venetoclax (VENCLEXTA tablets, marketed by AbbVie, Inc. and Genentech USA, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion, as detected by an FDA-approved test, who have received at least one prior therapy.

  • FDA Approves Defibrotide Sodium for the Treatment of Adult and Pediatric Patients with Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease

    On March 30, 2016, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved Defitelio (defibrotide sodium, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD), also known as sinusoidal obstructive syndrome, with renal or pulmonary dysfunction following hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT).

  • FDA Approves a New Indication for Obinutuzumab

    On February 26, 2016, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved obinutuzumab (Gazyva Injection, Genentech, Inc.) for use in combination with bendamustine followed by obinutuzumab monotherapy for the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) who relapsed after, or are refractory to, a rituximab-containing regimen. Obinutuzumab was previously approved for use in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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  • Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations Align with ASH's Priorities

    The Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel recently released a report highlighting 10 key research opportunities that should be supported by the Cancer Moonshot initiative to accelerate progress against cancer. ASH submitted recommendations to the Panel in response to the National Cancer Institute’s request for information on high priority areas that should be supported by this initiative.

  • NHLBI’s Strategic Vision Reflects ASH’s Research Priorities

    The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has released its strategic vision which highlights the goals and research priorities that will inform its policy and funding decisions for heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases (HLBS) in the next several years. ASH participated in the NHLBI’s strategic visioning process and submitted additional comments when the NHLBI’s draft strategic priorities were released.

  • Medicare’s Inpatient Proposed Rule and What it Means for Hematology

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the annual set of proposals governing payments for services provided to patients admitted to the hospital, commonly referred to as the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS). ASH explores how this will affect hematologists.

  • ASH Pleads for Payment Innovation in Rare Diseases Such As Sickle Cell Disease

    As part of the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) multifaceted initiative to address the burden of sickle cell disease, ASH is in the process of working with stakeholders to improve access to care for individuals with sickle cell disease.  Included in this effort is

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