Wednesday, July 11, 2012

J&J, Pfizer Drug Seen as Long Shot Against Alzheimer’s

When 70-year-old Bill Price signed on in 2006 to become one of the early testers of the Alzheimer’s drug bapineuzumab, he held high hopes the injections would stop the disease that was starting to claim his memory.

For Price, the drug was a disappointment. He left the trial early after experiencing headaches and hallucinations, side effects that may have been due to brain swelling. Such drawbacks aren’t the only issue facing bapineuzumab. Early data suggests that even if it shrinks plaques, the drug may not greatly aid cognition. Price is hopeful the study’s final data will show that other patients were helped though he was not.

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