Organ damage in patients treated with belimumab versus standard of care: a propensity score-matched comparative analysis. Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: The study (206347) compared organ damage progression in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who received belimumab in the BLISS long-term extension (LTE) study with propensity score (PS)-matched patients treated with standard of care (SoC) from the Toronto Lupus Cohort (TLC). METHODS: A systematic literature review identified 17 known predictors of organ damage to calculate a PS for each patient. Patients from the BLISS LTE and the TLC were PS matched posthoc 1:1 based on their PS (calliper). The primary endpoint was difference in change in Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (SDI) score from baseline to 5 years. RESULTS: For the 5-year analysis, of 567 (BLISS LTE n=195; TLC n=372) patients, 99 from each cohort were 1:1 PS matched. Change in SDI score at Year 5 was significantly lower for patients treated with belimumab compared with SoC (-0.434; 95% CI -0.667 to -0.201; p<0.001). For the time to organ damage progression analysis (1 year follow-up), the sample included 965 (BLISS LTE n=259; TLC n=706) patients, of whom 179 from each cohort were PS-matched. Patients receiving belimumab were 61% less likely to progress to a higher SDI score over any given year compared with patients treated with SoC (HR 0.391; 95% CI 0.253 to 0.605; p<0.001). Among the SDI score increases, the proportion of increases 2 was greater in the SoC group compared with the belimumab group. CONCLUSIONS: PS-matched patients receiving belimumab had significantly less organ damage progression compared with patients receiving SoC.

published proceedings

  • Ann Rheum Dis

altmetric score

  • 22.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Urowitz, M. B., Ohsfeldt, R. L., Wielage, R. C., Kelton, K. A., Asukai, Y., & Ramachandran, S.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Urowitz, Murray B||Ohsfeldt, Robert L||Wielage, Ronald C||Kelton, Kari A||Asukai, Yumi||Ramachandran, Sulabha

publication date

  • March 2019


  • BMJ  Publisher