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12/21/2023

Belimumab Injection

Reason for the Shortage

    • GSK did not provide a reason for the shortage.

Available Products

    • Benlysta subcutaneous injection, GSK, 200 mg/mL, 1 mL auto-injector, 1 count, NDC 49401-0088-35
    • Benlysta subcutaneous injection, GSK, 200 mg/mL, 1 mL syringe, 1 count, NDC 49401-0088-47
    • Benlysta injection, GSK, 120 mg, vial, 1 count, NDC 49401-0101-01
    • Benlysta injection, GSK, 400 mg, vial, 1 count, NDC 49401-0102-01

Estimated Resupply Dates

    • GSK has Benlysta 120 mg and 400 mg vials available. The 200 mg/mL 1 mL auto-injectors and syringes are available.

Implications for Patient Care

    • Transition pediatric patients to alternative agents.
    • Start patients on subcutaneous therapy when possible.
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) - Per package labeling, to transition to subcutaneous dosing from intravenous dosing, administer first subcutaneous dose 1 to 4 weeks after the last IV dose (200 mg once weekly).
    • Active Lupus Nephritis - Per package labeling, to transition to subcutaneous dosing from intravenous dosing, you may transition after 2 x IV doses. Administer first subcutaneous dose 1 to 2 weeks after the last IV dose (200 mg once weekly)

Updated

Updated December 21, 2023 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created December 14, 2023 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. © 2023, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

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