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Here is a portion of the newsletter I get from Lupus.org. It has the email address of one of the women at the FDA who will have something to do
with Benlysta, the brand new Lupus medication, first ever of its kind,
FDA approved by Dec 9th 2010!! Please send her a brief email of your
hopes and feelings about getting this approved. :)
On November 16, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a hearing to discuss the application to approve BENLYSTA® (belimumab) as a
treatment to reduce disease activity ...in adults with active, autoantibody-positive lupus.
If approved, BENLYSTA® will be the first drug to be specifically developed
for lupus and the first new treatment for lupus in more than 50 years.
While BENLYSTA® may not be appropriate for all people with lupus, having a
new approved treatment for lupus would be a significant step forward and
would provide a pathway for future approval of the arsenal of therapies
required to manage a disease as diverse and complex as lupus.
Make your voice heard! It is important for the FDA Committee to have a clear
understanding of the diversity of the disease and how it impacts people
with lupus and their families. You can help by sharing your story about
why new treatments are needed and the hope for new treatments in the
Email your short statement to Yvette Waples at the FDA, Yvette.firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2010.