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UCB and Immunomedics announce positive results for epratuzumab phase IIb study in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Posted Aug 31 2009 10:08pm 1 Comment
UCB and Immunomedics announced on Friday top-line results from a Phase IIb clinical study which compared the effect of the drug candidate epratuzumab to placebo in people with systemic lupus. The data showed that the 12-week dose response and the dose frequency study of epratuzumab in patients with moderate to severe active lupus demonstrated a clinically meaningful treatment effect showing the drug was more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms of lupus.

“The LFA congratulates UCB and Immunomedics on the positive results from this clinical study of epratuzumab,” said Sandra C. Raymond, President & CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. “We eagerly await the release of additional data from this mid-stage clinical study.”

“It has been 50 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for lupus,” said Raymond. “We are excited to see several promising new lupus therapies in the pipeline and we are encouraged that physicians may soon have new treatment options to manage this devastating and life-threatening disease.”

Read the full UCB Press Release.
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i am from india and my friend is suffering from lupus and she is  also a patient of hypothyroidism. Is there any relation between hypothyroidism and lupus? and also is medication needed for one"s entire lifetime or can it be taken untill improvements are shown? name withheld. 
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