The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed standards that would allow pharmaceutical companies to test treatments for Alzheimer’s before patients show any outward signs of the disease. This new proposal could help develop drugs and treatments that have a profound effect on the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
The FDA’s proposal offered to fast-track a drug for those that have not shown any outward symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease as long as the drug therapy can demonstrate an effect on biological markers of the disease. Just like blood pressure medicines are designed to reduce the risk of a heart attack by lowering blood pressure, these potential Alzheimer’s medications will lower the risk of Alzheimer’s by taking away a risk factor. The FDA is currently looking for a cognitive sign of efficacy.
This new drug will need to step up where numerous other high-profile Alzheimer’s drugs have fallen short. There have been over 200 failed Alzheimer’s medications, and there are currently no approved drugs to slow the progression of the disease. Since Alzheimer’s research still has a long way to go towards identifying markers for the disease, FDA approval might provide false hope if those drugs work to reduce markers that are later found to not be connected to Alzheimer’s.
The new FDA proposal on Alzheimer’s is connected to four other proposals that encourage pharmaceutical companies to research a variety of neurological diseases, including ALS. Since the symptoms and progression of neurological diseases can vary wildly from patient to patient, drugs that work to control them will need to undergo long periods of trial and error.
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events in March and April that are beneficial and educational for families caring for a loved one diagnosed Alzheimer’s, or visit the link provided below. See Upcoming Alzheimer’s Events for Maryland:
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