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Human Genome Sciences create new drug to treat lupus ( stock price soars 277%)
eFitness Now ^ | 7/21/2009

Posted on 07/21/2009 9:34:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Researchers from Human Genome Sciences have announced positive test results on their drug Benlysta to treat the debilitating and often deadly disease lupus.

Lupus is a complicated spectrum of autoimmune diseases that afflicts an approximated 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people globally, the large majority of them women between age 15 and 45. It gets its name from the Latin word for wolf because, in 1851, a doctor saw a patient with red marks on her face that looked like wolf bites. Lupus has not had a new drug approved to treat it in more than 20 years.

Researchers from Human Genome Sciences say the experimental drug Benlysta has drastically cut lupus symptoms in a randomized trial of approximately 850 patients, lowering their need for debilitating steroids and improving quality of life.

For the study, 57.6 percent of patients taking a high dose of Benlysta demonstrated a statistically substantial improvement, compared to 43.6 percent of patients who were given a placebo. Of patients taking a low dose, 51.7 percent showed improvement. The drug was usually well tolerated. The study is the first of two late-stage clinical trials requested by the U.S. FDA. The second study is scheduled to take place in November. HGS, which developed the drug with GlaxoSmithKline, is hoping for FDA approval by early 2010.

Moreover, the 865 patients in the 52-week study — which was carried out at 90 locations in 13 countries, primarily in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe — were able to cut their use of Prednisone , a steroid treatment generally used by lupus patients. Benlysta stops the action of a naturally occurring protein needed in the development of certain B cells, part of the immune system, that produce antibodies believed to play a significant role in lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

The Rockville-based firm’s stock rose past $10 and closed at $12.51, up $9.19, or 277 percent. Some analysts have predicted that the company’s stock could pass $15 if the drug is approved.

Benlysta has one final late-stage trial to finish before the FDA will approve it. The results are to be reported in November, with approval pending for 2010. If the trials are successful, Benlysta can be available for widespread lupus treatment by 2011.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drug; genome; lupus
In related news : HGS Stocks Soar 277%
1 posted on 07/21/2009 9:34:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep,I purchased some shares yesterday.


2 posted on 07/21/2009 9:36:10 AM PDT by taxtruth
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope it works. My sister has lupus.


3 posted on 07/21/2009 9:36:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lupus is a symptom based diagnosis.
It’s an easy diagnosis. Many times a false diagnosis.

This company will make billions.


4 posted on 07/21/2009 9:36:53 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: SeekAndFind
Now, if they can only come up with a drug that will cure psoriasis, I will be happy!

This is great news for lupus sufferers. Lupus is really a terrible disease to have to try to live with.

5 posted on 07/21/2009 9:40:03 AM PDT by basil
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To: SeekAndFind

You couldn’t have posted this yesterday?!?!?!


6 posted on 07/21/2009 9:40:32 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: basil

And it manifests in odd ways, also. I have mild arthritis which is an ancillary to mild skin evidences of psoriasis.


7 posted on 07/21/2009 9:41:26 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: SeekAndFind

8 posted on 07/21/2009 9:41:51 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (It takes a viking to raze a village!)
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To: basil
Now, if they can only come up with a drug that will cure psoriasis, I will be happy!

Do you smoke?

9 posted on 07/21/2009 9:42:52 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: SeekAndFind

Ping for later


10 posted on 07/21/2009 9:48:58 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: basil

Did you try Echinacea?It sure worked for me in 2 weeks and it was gone.


11 posted on 07/21/2009 9:50:21 AM PDT by taxtruth
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To: taxtruth

good for you. now just pray Obama doesn’t give their patent to WHO or decide to make it available to anyone or something. I have a feeling bambie opposes patents.


12 posted on 07/21/2009 9:50:38 AM PDT by GeronL (UnitedCitizen.Blogspot.Com --------- United Citizens Nation! ------------- Join Today!)
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To: taxtruth
Echinacea did nothing for me. Seems that each case responds differently in different people.

At least psoriasis doesn't usually kill ya!

13 posted on 07/21/2009 9:54:32 AM PDT by basil
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To: cripplecreek
I hope it works. My sister has lupus.

You might want to direct your sister to the Marshall Protocol. It works for lupus: Interview with Bonnie B.. And I can attest that it works for sarcoidosis.

14 posted on 07/21/2009 10:13:27 AM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: basil
Now, if they can only come up with a drug that will cure psoriasis, I will be happy!

See post 14 on this thread. And also Interview with Guss Wilkinson.

15 posted on 07/21/2009 10:17:17 AM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Came here for the House reference and I’m leaving happy.

Thanks


16 posted on 07/21/2009 10:35:34 AM PDT by roostercashews
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To: roostercashews

That’s El Doctor de Casa, senor. :-P


17 posted on 07/21/2009 10:49:24 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (It takes a viking to raze a village!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The girl down the street that i grew up with died of this disease.


18 posted on 07/21/2009 12:08:56 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: SeekAndFind
For the study, 57.6 percent of patients taking a high dose of Benlysta demonstrated a statistically substantial improvement, compared to 43.6 percent of patients who were given a placebo.

So 44% of Lupus patients improve by being given a placebo? Why not try the placebo on everyone first? It's cheap. If they fail placebo, give them the stuff that's only 14% better and more expensive than gold.

19 posted on 07/21/2009 12:13:04 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (This is the worst economic crisis since Brittney Spears shaved both ends!)
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To: CholeraJoe
So 44% of Lupus patients improve by being given a placebo?

Lupus, Sarcoid, etc. tend to be episodic. The troubles tend to come and go, so doing almost anything might seem to help in the short run.

20 posted on 07/21/2009 1:38:25 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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