European Regulators Clear Lupus Drug Benlysta

[Associated Press]

Published Date: July 14, 2011 08:55:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) European Union regulators approved a new treatment for lupus produced by Human Genome Sciences Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the companies said Thursday.

Benlysta received marketing approval as a treatment for lupus in patients who have not been helped by standard therapies. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in March, and Canadian regulators cleared it in Tuesday. Human Genome Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline said regulators in nine other countries, including Russia and Brazil, are reviewing Benlysta.

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