US gives go ahead to Alzheimer's drug

The US food and drug administration has cleared Eisai's Alzheimer's drug, Aricept, to treat severe dementia in patients with the degenerative brain disease.

    Ronald Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's

    The drug, which is also marketed by Pfizer, is already approved to treat mild to moderate dementia in patients of Alzheimer's, which affects roughly 4.5 million mostly older Americans.

    There is no cure for the condition, typified by memory loss and other cognitive impairment that can quickly worsen.

    Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.

    Eisai, based in Japan, earlier this month cited growing US sales of the drug thanks to Medicare's new prescription drug benefit for the elderly and disabled.

    It has forecast total Aricept sales at $1.9 billion, for the fiscal year through March 2007. Some analysts have said that estimate is conservative, but company officials have declined to comment.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.