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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Study Shows Alzheimer's Drug Bapineuzumab effective in some patients


clipped from online.wsj.com
Pharmaceutical partners Wyeth and Elan Corp. said Tuesday results from a highly anticipated midstage study of their experimental Alzheimer's disease drug bapineuzumab show the treatment appears to be effective in some patients.

Bapineuzumab didn't show a statistically significant difference compared with placebo in all patients, but the companies said it suggested a trend toward improving cognitive function.

Bapineuzumab is designed to work by attacking a substance in the brain called beta-amyloid. There is a growing scientific consensus that a buildup of beta-amyloid is responsible for Alzheimer's.

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