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New Lupus Drug May End Treatment Nightmare For Some

03/10/2011 1:22 pm 0 comments

Source: Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters

For millions of patients the Food and Drug Administration’s approval on Wednesday of new lupus drug Benlysta represents long-sought relief.

Benlysta, made by Human Genome Sciences, is the first drug in more than 50 years to be approved specifically for patients with lupus. The drug is expected to reap billions of dollars in global sales.

Doctors welcomed the approval as a milestone in lupus treatment. Some said it should encourage the world’s largest drugmakers, including Roche’s Genentech, Pfizer and Eli Lilly, to forge ahead with more than a dozen development programs for the debilitating and deadly autoimmune disease.

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