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Discov Med. 2010 Jan;9(44):20-3.

Biologic therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143, USA.


A new era in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may be dawning. Twelve years after the first approval of biologic therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the positive results of two large trials of a novel biologic therapy for SLE have raised hopes that a new approach to treatment may be at hand. This encouraging news follows several disappointments in trials of other biologic therapies and provides a timely moment to reflect on where we stand, what we have learned, and what may lie ahead.

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