Aduhelm Approval Boosts Other Alzheimer’s Drug Developers
Even Companies Not Focused On Clearing Amyloid Benefitted
Biogen/Eisai’s aducanumab, as the first disease-modifying therapy and setting a precedent for accelerated approval, lifted the entire Alzheimer’s field.
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Experts say there should be enough Alzheimer’s patients willing to enroll in Biogen/Eisai’s US FDA-required Phase IV trial and other companies’ late-stage studies even with Aduhelm broadly available.