Meet Karen, An Alnylam Patient Education Liaison

Patient Education Liaison Karen

My Experience

During my time as a nurse, I was always interested in rare diseases and in the complexity of genetics. I have 24 years of educational experience and have enjoyed every moment of it. I have a passion for working with patients who have rare genetic diseases, and I am driven by experiences I have had in my own family involving genetic diseases.

My Inspiration

I became a nurse to help patients and their families achieve their goals of wellness and better understand their disease. After my own family’s experiences with genetic diseases, I saw the value and hope that knowledge can provide.

Why I Love What I Do

I love what I do because of the opportunities I have to meet new patients and learn from their experiences. I am inspired by the warmth and care that families demonstrate during their educational journey. Each family has a different dynamic and story, and it’s amazing to be a part of that.

My Superpower

My superpower is kindness; sometimes even the worst day can be improved with a little kindness.

Favorite Things

I love spending time with my family, including my favorite activity, “Family Game Night.”

There is a strong need for education and awareness in rare diseases. Knowledge is power, knowledge is hope.


Karen, Patient Education Liaison

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What are the most important things I should know about ONPATTRO® (patisiran)?

ONPATTRO can cause:

Infusion-related reactions

ONPATTRO is given as a drip into a vein (called an “intravenous infusion”). Reactions to this infusion may happen during treatment with ONPATTRO. Before each infusion you will be given medicines that help to lower the chance of infusion-related reactions.

Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you experience any of the following signs of an infusion-related reaction during treatment:

Reddening of the face or body (flushing), skin warm
  Body aches or pain, including pain in the back, neck, or joints
  Feeling sick (nausea)
  Stomach pain
  Feeling short of breath, cough, or other breathing problems
  Chest discomfort or chest pain
  Feeling tired (fatigue)
  Rapid heart rate
  Facial swelling

If you have an infusion-related reaction, your doctor or nurse may slow down or stop your infusion, and you may need to take other medicines. When these reactions stop, or get better, your doctor or nurse may decide to start the infusion again.

Low Vitamin A levels

Treatment with ONPATTRO lowers the amount of vitamin A in your blood. Your doctor will tell you to take a vitamin A supplement every day. You should not take more than the amount of vitamin A recommended by your doctor.

Low vitamin A levels can affect vision. If you have problems with your vision (e.g., night blindness) while taking ONPATTRO, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may refer you to an eye specialist.

What are the common side effects of ONPATTRO?

The most common side effects of ONPATTRO are respiratory infections, such as colds, sinus infections, and nasal congestion, and infusion-related reactions. These are not all the possible side effects of ONPATTRO. Talk to your doctor about side effects that you experience. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.



ONPATTRO is a prescription medicine that treats the polyneuropathy caused by an illness called hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR amyloidosis). ONPATTRO is used in adults only.

For additional information about ONPATTRO, please see the full Prescribing Information.