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Alzheimer's drug decision reversed

24th March 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has extended the use of three drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Aricept, exelon and reminyl are currently available through the NHS to sufferers of the condition who have moderate to severe symptoms but the drugs, which costs around £2.80 per patient per day, has now been approved for patients with milder problems. A fourth drug - ebixa - will be extended to people suffering more moderate symptoms after only previously being given to those in the late stages of the disease.

 

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