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FDA Approves GlaxoSmithKline’s Lupus Treatment (GSK)
3/10/2011 8:59:00 AM
British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc ( GSK ) got some welcome news from the FDA late Wednesday night, as the federal regulator approved a lupus treatment drug that GSK has been pegged to market.
The drug, called Benlysta, was developed by U.S.-based Human Genome Sciences ( HGSI ) and will be marketed and sold by GSK.
Benlysta is the first lupus treatment drug approved in the U.S. since 1955. Lupus, a potentially fatal autoimmune disease, affects 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.
GlaxoSmithKline shares rose 20 cents, or +0.5%, in premarket trading Thursday.
The Bottom Line
GlaxoSmithKline plc ( GSK ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.