Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 28, 2016
Alzheimer’s disease is ranked as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and with a huge older population, incidence of the disease is expected to rise. There are now, however, multiple drugs in late-stage clinical trials that could hit the market within the next few years, according to a recent webinar covered in the April 22 issue of Atlantic Information Services, Inc.’s (AIS) Drug Benefit News.
2018 could see six new entrants to the Alzheimer’s treatment class, according to Drew Holzapfel, director of ResearchAgainstAlzheimer’s (RA2) and presenter at the April 11 webinar sponsored by nonprofit organization UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2). An additional five drugs are slated for a 2019 launch, four for 2020 and two for 2021. In addition, notes the report, about 50 drugs are in phase II trials, with about 12 in phase II/III trials.
But even with all these drugs in late-stage trials, barriers will remain to getting Alzheimer’s patients access to them, maintained Holzapfel. Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s remains an issue: physicians feel limited by the number of drugs currently on the market, and primary care providers don’t have time or access to the cognitive tests required. Additionally, there aren’t enough doctors in the geriatrics field, noted David Morgan, Ph.D., CEO of the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and a founding member of RA2. Reimbursement will also be an issue, as “Medicare payer levels are very difficult to survive on,” Morgan said.
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