Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hope For a New Lupus Treatment...


Earlier this month, the promising results of a potential new treatment for lupus -- BENLYSTA™ -- were announced. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), BENLYSTA would be the first new lupus treatment in more than 50 years and the first drug ever developed specifically for lupus.

Now more than ever we need your support. It is critical that we continue to fund our research program to find additional therapies needed to manage this disease, and find ways to fully restore the quality of life that people with lupus once knew.

While more research is required for FDA approval, the results are encouraging. The study provides new hope for people with lupus … the type of hope that the LFA continues to advance thanks to supporters like you.

Physicians need a complete arsenal of therapies to provide the individualized treatment that lupus requires. With your help, we can ensure that they will.


astronaut It is likely that we will all remember July 20, 2009, not only as the anniversary of the first moon landing, but also when a historic breakthrough in lupus occurred. The Lupus Foundation of America is celebrating the positive results of BENLYSTA™ announced by Human Genome Sciences. Only top-line results of the first of two studies have been released thus far. Additional details of the results will be presented later this year at a major scientific meeting. In addition, we eagerly await the results of the longer-term Phase III clinical trial to be released in November when the study is completed.


Join One of the LFA's August Walk for Lupus Now Events

The Walk for Lupus Now season continues, with monies raised from these events going to support lupus research, lupus education programs, and patient and family support services.

If you are in the San Francisco/East Bay Area, join my team in the Walk For Lupus Now event on August 30, 2009.

If you are unable to join me for this event, please visit my sponsor page and help find a treatment or a cure for this chronic and debilitating disease.

For more information on what Lupus is, or how you can help, visit


The Rauths said...

I'm looking forward to seeing you August 30!

-Christi Rauth
National Walk Manager
Walk for Lupus Now
Lupus Foundation of America

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