International ITP Alliance: Updates and upcoming events

Our good friend, Nancy Potthast, Director of Marketing at the Platelet Disorder Support Association in the United States of America has produced this update for which is the website for the ITP International Alliance.

First and foremost, I’d like to direct you all to the COVID-19 page that has been added to  Here you will see a listing of helpful government websites from around the world, ITP & COVID-19 Support Resources and several other country-specific ITP & COVID-19 resources that have been supplied by our members.  If you see anything missing or have any additional items that would be helpful to add to this page, please let me know.  Several industry partners have expressed their admiration for the numerous comprehensive resources that our members have pulled together in such a short time.

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The latest edition of the Platelet (June 2020 edition) is now available to download, due to the Covid-19 pandemic printed copies may take a little longer than normal to be produced and despatched, therefore we will be making this edition free to download for the next few weeks. Enjoy some great ITP information and some excellent articles from our members.

To download click this link (PDF File  - Platelet June 2020 Edition

Global ITP Awareness Week Scheduled for Week of 21st September.

Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) is the most common autoimmune bleeding disorder affecting 10 times as many people as hemophilia, yet is unknown to most. 

Beginning 21st September  and ending on 25th September (Sport Purple for Platelets Day), ITP patient support organizations from around the world will observe the third annual Global ITP Awareness Week.  During this week, thousands of individuals and families around the world will join together to promote public awareness of this rare disorder and share their ITP Warrior stories in their fight against ITP.

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March 2020 Platelet

The March 2020 edition of the Platelet journal is available online

The March 2020 edition of the Platelet Journal is now available to download from the members area of the website, if you have not yet joined the ITP Support Association click here. The print version is currently at the printers and will be on its way shortly.

The March 2020 issue of the Platelet contains all the usual favourites and more, including the latest advice on the Coronavirus, updates on the UK Convention change of date and articles from three of our Patient Mentors.

To read this and previous editions of the Platelet go to the members area of the website.

ITP Support Association Patient Perception Survey 2020

Over the years the ITP Support Association has carried out many surveys covering the subject of Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Many of you would have been aware that the association has now established a growing network of Local ITP Groups around the UK. Much of the feedback from local groups has covered subjects ranging from treatment at GP Surgeries or Local Hospitals to fatigue and mental health issues resulting from ITP.

Initial results from the survey are now available:

Symptoms & Activity Results

Patient  Perception Survey Results


Novartis UK have published an excellent page on their website containing some great #ITPPatientResources, a series of videos, details of the ITP Pocket Log and advice about the ITP Emotional Burden. The videos and ITP Pocket Log were developed in collaboration with the @ITPSupportAssoc To view the Novartis website and the ITP Page go to

Grifols to launch TAVLESSE® in Europe and Turkey to continue reinforcing its commercial strategy and commitment to patients

European Commission has approved TAVLESSE® (fostamatinib) for the treatment of chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in adult patients who are refractory to other treatments.

Grifols gained exclusive rights to TAVLESSE® in ITP and other pipeline indications in Europe and Turkey as a result of the Collaboration and License Agreement reached with Rigel Pharmaceuticals in January 2019.

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