“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”—John Waters (via liquidnight)
Hopeful news! Today, the Arthritis Advisory Committee, after a day of scientific presentations, public hearings and detailed discussions, deliberated in an open forum, and voiced its opinion that it recommends (by a vote of 13 to 2) that the FDA approve belimumab for the proposed indication of reducing disease activity in adult patients with active, autoantibody-positive systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). If approved, belimumab, made by Human Genome Sciences (HGS) and its partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), will be the first new lupus drug in more than 50 years. While the FDA is not required to follow the Committee’s recommendation, it typically does. The FDA is expected to make its decision about approving belimumab for marketing by the end of the year.
“There are so many people who can’t be here today who have died waiting on a drug to treat lupus that can actually make a difference,” explains Brenda Blackmon, volunteer representative for the ALR. “For those families who still live with lupus every day, I am proud to have made a difference today by sharing my daughter’s story about being diagnosed with lupus in college and appealing to the Arthritis Advisory Committee to recommend approval for the first lupus drug in 50 years.”
To view a full report of the day’s proceedings click here. We will continue to report on new research and milestones surrounding belimumab, as well as other therapeutic lupus research underway.
Together, we will find a cure!
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Chelsea and I have become Tumblr friends but have never actually met in real life. Today she donated $35 to my Lupus Walk! Chelsea, thank you so much! It was a really tough year for fundraising so thank you for your generous donation! xoxo
In 24 hours I will be walking a 5K to raise money for Lupus research.
100% of all donations go to research so every penny you donate makes a difference. Please consider donating and check out my personal page! I am so grateful for any amount because it is going to help change my life and many others diagnosed with Lupus. Thanks!!! (Please repost this!)