New Lupus Drug on the Horizon?

New Lupus Drug on the Horizon?

BENLYSTA.  That is the name of the potential new drug for lupus; the first in 50 years!! I am excited and I don’t even have lupus 🙂  Lil humor here…  So far it has passed the first clinical trial and it’s heading into the next one.

Here is an excerpt from the President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America:

“We look forward to hearing the results, this fall, of a longer-term Phase III clinical study of BENLYSTA. The data from both studies will be evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Should the FDA ultimately approve BENLYSTA, it would become the first drug successfully developed to specifically treat lupus since the disease was discovered more than a century ago.

I happened upon this yesterday over at On the Road to a Cure, the LFA’s blog.  It’s a great resource for info on everything lupus.  They also have an extensive list of lupus blogs on their blogroll, if you haven’t been over there you should go check it out.

And now for this amazing, exciting, historic news, here’s President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation Sandra C. Raymond to tell us all about it!!

5 thoughts on “New Lupus Drug on the Horizon?

    1. Katia,
      I agree! Excellent news for sure. It’s always nice to hear some good news for a change 🙂 I see you had left an earlier comment and I didn’t respond to it. I’m sorry, I’ve been really ill these past few months and not very on top of things. I don’t want to let this blog go downhill any farther than I have, but some days (weeks, months) it’s hard.
      OK! lol To answer your earlier question I take plaquenil and prednisone. I just stopped taking Imuran because it was making me feel too sick. That’s the drug that has knocked me down and kept me there. Before that it was Methotrexate. I didn’t take to that one either. I take other meds for small fiber neuropathy which the docs think was brought on by autoimmunity. Weeeeee!! Ha ha! I”m looking forward to the day when I find the right medicinal combo and I can breathe easy.
      Thanks for stopping by and come back again and visit 🙂
      Take care and be well,
      Michelle

  1. How hopeful! I’ll keep my fingers crossed – it always takes so long for these things to actually be used correctly, I try not to put too much faith in a new drug. One thing I’ve found that helps me with inflammation is the ChiliPad – a mattress pad that lets you cool down (or heat up) your bed, mine lets me set any temperature between 46 and 118 degrees. I think they should have them in every hospital.

  2. It is great to see a potential cure is on the horizon for anyone who suffers from Lupus. Hopefully no one will have to suffer from it any longer soon.

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