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Lupus Research Alliance Welcomes Self-Injectable Form of Belimumab

July 21, 2017

Lupus Research Alliance Welcomes Self-Injectable Form of Belimumab

Offers Convenient At-Home Treatment Option

NEW YORK, NY. July 21. The Lupus Research Alliance congratulates GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the approval of belimumab (Benlysta®) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a self-injectable (subcutaneous) formulation for people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) being treated with standard therapy.

Belimumab is currently approved as a one-hour intravenous infusion given once every four weeks by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic. The new formulation allows patients to administer the drug to themselves as a once-weekly injection.

Lupus Research Alliance CEO and President Kenneth M. Farber, commented, “The new self-injectable belimumab may improve quality of life for many people with lupus. For people living with a disease that too often necessitates multiple medications and numerous regular doctor’s visits, the convenience and independence offered by being able to take one treatment in the privacy and comfort of your own home can mean a great deal.”

The approval is based on data from a large controlled study of more than 800 patients with active SLE, which measured reduction in disease activity at Week 52 in patients receiving belimumab plus standard of care, versus those receiving placebo plus standard of care (assessed by SRI, a composite measure of efficacy in lupus).

GSK anticipates that the new formulation will be available in specialty pharmacies late August, 2017.

To learn more, read the press release issued by GSK.

About Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly young women between the ages of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.

About the Lupus Research Alliance

The Lupus Research Alliance is the largest private funder of lupus research, united to free the world from lupus by harnessing the power of innovative science to make a difference for people living with the prototypical autoimmune disease.  Through the power of collaboration, we are relentlessly focused on seizing every opportunity to transform the lives of all affected – patients, families, loved ones and the entire lupus community.

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Contact: Margy Meislin

Email: mmeislin@lupusresearch.org


Lupus Research Alliance Welcomes Self-Injectable Form of Belimumab

July 21, 2017

Lupus Research Alliance Welcomes Self-Injectable Form of Belimumab

Offers Convenient At-Home Treatment Option

NEW YORK, NY. July 21. The Lupus Research Alliance congratulates GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on the approval of belimumab (Benlysta®) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a self-injectable (subcutaneous) formulation for people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) being treated with standard therapy.

Belimumab is currently approved as a one-hour intravenous infusion given once every four weeks by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic. The new formulation allows patients to administer the drug to themselves as a once-weekly injection.

Lupus Research Alliance CEO and President Kenneth M. Farber, commented, “The new self-injectable belimumab may improve quality of life for many people with lupus. For people living with a disease that too often necessitates multiple medications and numerous regular doctor’s visits, the convenience and independence offered by being able to take one treatment in the privacy and comfort of your own home can mean a great deal.”

The approval is based on data from a large controlled study of more than 800 patients with active SLE, which measured reduction in disease activity at Week 52 in patients receiving belimumab plus standard of care, versus those receiving placebo plus standard of care (assessed by SRI, a composite measure of efficacy in lupus).

GSK anticipates that the new formulation will be available in specialty pharmacies late August, 2017.

To learn more, read the press release issued by GSK.

About Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly young women between the ages of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.

About the Lupus Research Alliance

The Lupus Research Alliance is the largest private funder of lupus research, united to free the world from lupus by harnessing the power of innovative science to make a difference for people living with the prototypical autoimmune disease.  Through the power of collaboration, we are relentlessly focused on seizing every opportunity to transform the lives of all affected – patients, families, loved ones and the entire lupus community.

# # #

Contact: Margy Meislin

Email: mmeislin@lupusresearch.org



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