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Alzheimer's Drug Sharply Criticized by Medical Experts
Myriam
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 3:06 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:


(Source: Los Angeles Times) - Aricept 23 mg, found to be ineffective and cause stomach upset, was devised to serve commercial aims and was approved despite a poor showing in company-sponsored tests, two medical investigators say. The pill will do little to help most patients and bring misery to some.

The drug, Aricept 23 mg, is no more effective on the whole than the disappointing ones already on the market - but is more likely to cause gastrointestinal problems, wrote Drs. Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz of Dartmouth Medical College in an article published in the medical journal BMJ.

The new formulation was devised to serve commercial objectives, they say, and was approved despite a poor showing in company-sponsored tests.

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