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22nd July 2015

Alzheimer's drug that could slow disease in early stages hailed as 'breakthrough'

BBC News today reported that data from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly suggests its solanezumab drug can cut the rate of the dementia's progression by about a third in early stage patients.

It is the first time that a drug has been shown to work on the underlying disease process itself rather than the symptoms, slowing decline in memory and thinking skills.

Although trials are continuing and will not end until next year, the treatment could be available for use by 2018 if approved by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellece (NICE).

Health experts in the UK said the research demonstrated a 'huge step forward from the current treatment options' while charities hailed the announcement as 'exciting.'

Prof Richard Morris, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, said the announcement was ‘significant.’

“This is not a mouse study, it’s a people study. And that matters,” he added.

Read more on this story

BBC News: Early signs that drug 'may delay Alzheimer's decline'

Daily Telegraph: First drug to slow Alzheimer's Disease unveiled in landmark breakthrough

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