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Alzheimer’s patients ‘should stay on drugs for longer’

by admin | 8th March 2012

Alzheimer’s patients ‘should stay on drugs for longer’

Thousands of patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease could benefit from drugs, research suggests.

A study in the the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients who stayed on the dementia drug Aricept had a slower decline in their memory.

The drug tends not to be prescribed once sufferers progress beyond moderate symptoms.

Medicines regulator NICE said its guidelines supported continuing treatment where there were benefits.

The patent for the medicine Aricept, which is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, expired recently. Much cheaper versions under the generic name donepezil are already available for about £12 a month.

 

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By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News

8th March 2012

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