Alzheimer's disease affects more than 6 million people in the U.S., and there have been no good existing treatment options. That seemed to change earlier this month when the FDA approved a new drug called Aduhelm that claims to slow the progression of the disease. But while some patients are celebrating the news, many scientists say the drug will deliver marginal, or even no, benefits and that it could have risky side effects. And at a cost of $56,000 annually per patient, some members of the U.S. Senate are calling for an investigation into how the drug will affect the Medicare program. We discuss the controversy around the FDA’s approval of Aduhelm and we’ll get an update on Alzheimer’s research.
FDA Approval of New Alzheimer’s Drug Sparks Controversy Over Cost, Efficacy
Dan Gorenstein, host, executive producer, Tradeoffs
Dr. Michael Greicius, professor, Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine; medical director, Stanford Center for Memory Disorders
Libby Brittain, caregiver for her mother who has alzheimers