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$112 billion new Alzheimer’s drug in question | July 13, 2021

Getting the FDA to retract a decision is like getting the toothpaste back in the tub, after it’s been squeezed out…

Whether it’s “yes” or “no,” there is no “maybe so”.

A good example is the new all star Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab.

The drug was on the fast track because it showed it could reduce the rate of amyloid plaque on scans.


Do we know whether this reduction in plaque means Alzheimer’s patients live longer or better lives?

Unfortunately, the totality of the clinical trial data do not show that.

However, the drug has various side effects and a whopping price tag: $56,000 a year.

And it’s not a sure-fire bet!!!! Estimates are that if the drug is prescribed to just one-third of eligible patients, it would cost Medicare $112 billion a year!

That same society won’t pay for a caregiver who might actually ease the burden on families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

To find out more, go to: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/06/aduhelm-drug-alzheimers-cost-medicare/619169/

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  1. is it used when Alzheimers has started, or a prevention to take in earlier years? Dad died of it, and they still haven’t found out what causes it, it’s always perhaps this or that so how can you find drugs. It’s a shot in the dark

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    Comment by Gail Barry — July 14, 2021 @ 3:23 AM

    • Gail, this is theoretically for those who are showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s. And a year’s dose is $56,000 a year, with no sign that Medicare will pick up the tab.

      I don’t think I’d put my money on this one.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — July 14, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

  2. dont know if would buy it one reason , Heredity reasons both sides of my husbands{ his uncles , & his mom , then she had cancer at same time .my BIL did hospice care.. .. know of only one aunt { my fathers side his sister .. } when my son saw nursing staff for yrly VA visit { HAD A STROKE 3 yrs ago } , he mentioned , hes been forgetting things , she replied , does / or was any relative , have ALZ .. mentioned his great uncles , and grandmother , , then added my dads sister who was 80 yrs .. but ukn on rest of family but , told my husband ask the dr , to do the blood work to be on safe side , that way we can prepare { believe insurance companies/ medi care cover it think blood works been out past couple of yrs now .. } …
    but no way would i take a pill thats going to bankrupt us

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    Comment by Catherine Flowers — July 14, 2021 @ 9:39 AM

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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

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