GSK gets US FDA nod for Benlysta (Belimumab) to treat paediatric patients with active lupus nephritis

Benlysta is now the first and only biologic approved for adults and children who have lupus or lupus nephritis

GSK announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Benlysta (belimumab) for the treatment of children aged 5 to 17 with active lupus nephritis (LN) who are receiving standard therapy. Lupus nephritis is a serious inflammation of the kidneys caused by lupus, which can lead to end-stage kidney disease, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The approval extends the current indication in the US to include both lupus and active LN for the intravenous formulation in the pediatric patient population.

This is the first FDA-approved treatment for pediatric LN, which remains a driving factor in increased complications, hospitalisations and mortality rates in children. Prior to this, treatment options for children were mainly limited to use of non-selective immunosuppressants and corticosteroids.

BenlystaGSKimmunosuppressantslupus nephritisUS FDA
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