GlaxoSmithKline Receives European Authorization for Self-Injectable Benlysta

By Carlo MartuscelliFeaturesDow Jones Newswires

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK.LN) reported on Monday that it had received European marketing authorization for the self-injectable formulation of Benlysta--a drug for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus.

The pharmaceutical giant said that the European Commission had approved the new formulation as an add-on therapy for patients afflicted by a high degree of disease activity despite standard therapy.

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The approval is for a single-dose pre-filled syringe and a single-dose pre-filled pen--as a once-weekly injection of 200 milligrams, the company said.

The newly approved version of the drug adds to the existing intravenous formulation, which was licensed for use in Europe in 2011.

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November 13, 2017 06:32 ET (11:32 GMT)