I'm wondering if anyone here has started the newly approved (in the US) drug Benlysta? I'm also wondering if the insurance companies (including Medicare) are paying for it because it's apparently very expensive!

I've been taking Cellcept and Plaquenil for about 5 years now and it's just not working as well as it did previously. I'm at the max dosages, too, so we've got to start looking at something new. I've failed methotrexate and the anti-TNF biologics (Remicade, etc.) miserably in the past. I'd love to give Benlysta a try if it's possible!

Thanks for any comments or insight!

Julia