New Alzheimer's Drug Approved

The FDA has approved a new drug, Namenda (memantine), to treat Alzheimer's disease. Memantine helps treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease although there is no evidence that it modifies the underlying pathology of the disease. While the benefits of taking memantine appear to be modest, Namenda is the first drug approved to treat the moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.

Comments: Hopefully, Namenda is just the first new drug that will help in the treatment of this devastating disease.

This drug has long been sold in Germany and many people in the US have reportedly bought it through the Internet. The drug approval process needs to be made international.

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com