The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first licence of a new drug – aducanumab, commercially known as Aduhelm - for Alzheimer’s disease.
The drug is currently approved under the FDA’s Accelerated Approval pathway and stage four clinical trials need to be carried out by the pharmaceutical company, but this is without doubt amazing news.
UK and European regulators are currently assessing the data will hopefully announce their response later this year, as it is they who will determine whether the drug is safe and effective.
This is only the first of many hurdles to overcome before the drug potentially reaches people in the NHS, with factors such as cost-effectiveness, funding and financial impacts on the NHS all being considerations that have to be made.
It is unlikely the process will finish before mid-2022 at the soonest, but this incredible news means those with Alzheimer’s have the potential to be prescribed a drug that targets the underlying disease.
I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about five years ago in my mid-50's. Being diagnosed with dementia is brutal. It is horrendous. Only someone who has been through it can understand. You are given a mental death sentence.
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