Thursday, June 17, 2010

Another Brand New Medication on the Horizon for Approval against Lupus

UCB and Immunomedics Inc. announced today that a new lupus drug candidate, epratuzumab, provided a significant reduction in disease activity in patients with moderate to severe active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

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This has been a wondrous week when it comes to living in the world of those with Lupus, and other autoimmune diseases. The many years of research has paid off, and now we have at least 3 innovative, one of their kinds new medication to take away many of the horrible symptoms of Lupus, along with possibly slowing down or stopping the damage to organs, such as kidneys, heart, liver and the brain. I am so incredibly psyched about the possibility of being "more well" and less worried about how much damage the Lupus is causing to my vital organs. I have already had more than my fair share of complications due to the Lupus, when it comes to other issues I have health wise. No matter how "not serious" or how serious other entities in your life as far as illness may be, Lupus can definitely reek havoc with your body, and cause even a minor health problem to turn into a major detrimental situation very quickly. Did I ever learn that just a couple of months ago when I thought I was having a severe gall bladder attack that was requiring laproscopic surgery to remove it. Little did I know the Lupus, along with a nick in my liver during the gall bladder removal would put me on a very thin line of almost losing my life to complications.

I pray that no one ever have to go through what not just myself, but my husband and family went through for 8 weeks plus. Even after I was "out of the woods" so to speak and at home, all of us were extremely concerned I could suffer harmful set backs that would send me back to the hospital at any time. I am still have pain issues in my right side, with tenderness, and symptoms that could be related to continued issues with my liver and pancreas. I certainly hope not, but we are keeping a close eye on any developing problems.

Please continue to follow the great news though about these new medications. I will continue to keep you posted on information I receive about the continued breaking good news..   Rhia

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