Emicizumab in people with moderate or mild haemophilia A (HAVEN 6): a multicentre, open-label, single-arm, phase 3 study

Lancet Haematol. 2023 Mar;10(3):e168-e177. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3026(22)00377-5. Epub 2023 Jan 27.


Background: Clinical trial data are scarce for the use of prophylaxis in people with non-severe haemophilia A. The HAVEN 6 study aims to assess safety and efficacy of emicizumab prophylaxis in people with non-severe haemophilia A without factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors.

Methods: HAVEN 6 is a multicentre, open-label, single-arm, phase 3 study taking place in 22 specialty clinics and hospitals in Europe, North America, and South Africa. Eligible participants were people of all ages weighing at least 3 kg with a diagnosis of moderate (FVIII activity ≥1%-≤5%) or mild (FVIII >5%-<40%) haemophilia A without FVIII inhibitors requiring prophylaxis as assessed by the treating physician. Participants received subcutaneous emicizumab 3 mg/kg of bodyweight once weekly for 4 weeks, followed by the participant's choice of maintenance dose: 1·5 mg/kg once weekly, 3 mg/kg every 2 weeks, or 6 mg/kg every 4 weeks. Safety was the primary objective of the study. Safety endpoints included adverse events, serious adverse events, and adverse events of special interest including thromboembolic events and thrombotic microangiopathies. The primary efficacy endpoint was the annualised bleed rate for treated bleeds. Analyses were done for participants who received at least one dose of emicizumab. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT04158648, and is active but not recruiting.

Findings: Between Feb 10, 2020, and Aug 31, 2021, we assigned 73 people to treatment. 72 participants received at least one dose of emicizumab (51 moderate [71%]; 21 mild [29%]; 69 male [96%]; three female [4%]; and 61 White [85%]). Median age was 23·5 years (IQR 12·0-36·0); median follow-up was 55·6 weeks (IQR 52·3-61·6) weeks. At baseline, 24 participants (33%) had target joints and 37 (51%) were receiving FVIII prophylaxis. 60 participants (83%) had at least one adverse event; the most common adverse events were headache (in 12 participants [17%]), injection-site reaction (12 [17%]), and arthralgia (11 [15%]). 15 (21%) had at least one emicizumab-related adverse event; no adverse events led to treatment withdrawal, modification, or interruption. Eight participants (11%) reported ten serious adverse events in total, none emicizumab-related. There were no deaths or thrombotic microangiopathies. One participant had grade 1 thrombosed haemorrhoids (classified as a thromboembolic event), unrelated to emicizumab. The annualised bleed rate was 0·9 (95% CI 0·55-1·52) for treated bleeds. 48 participants (67%) had no treated bleeds. All-bleed annualised bleed rates were 10·1 (95% CI 6·93-14·76) from 24 weeks pre-study and 2·3 (1·67-3·12) on-study after a median follow-up of 55·6 weeks.

Interpretation: These data show efficacy and a favourable safety profile of emicizumab in people with non-severe haemophilia A without FVIII inhibitors who warrant prophylaxis, confirming emicizumab as a valuable treatment option in this population.

Funding: F Hoffmann-La Roche.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Clinical Trial, Phase III

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Bispecific* / therapeutic use
  • Factor VIII / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Hemophilia A* / drug therapy
  • Hemorrhage / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Thrombotic Microangiopathies*
  • Young Adult


  • emicizumab
  • Factor VIII
  • Antibodies, Bispecific

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT04158648