Sep 6, 2016

First Ever Clinical Trial for Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)

The only way to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease or any related dementia is through greater participation of caregivers in clinical trials. The only way.

Clinical trial for Lewy Body dementia.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I wanted to bring this clinical trial for Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) into the awareness of all readers of the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

Interested patients and caregivers can go directly to the study pre-qualify questionnaire.

There is only one way we will ever find an effective treatment for Alzheimer's or Lewy Body dementia and that is through active participation by caregivers and their loved one's in clinical trials.

Right now, this is not happening. We must all become advocates of clinical trials and clinical trial research.

The fact. No new drug can be approved until a Phase 3 clinical trial is completed. Then and only then, can the results be submitted to the FDA for approval of a new drug or medication.

All of the existing and open clinical trials for Alzheimer's have been searching for eligible participants for years. Years.

Greater participation by caregivers and their loved one is the only way to shorten the path to approval for an effective treatment of Alzheimer's or Lewy Body dementia.

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HEADWAY-DLB is a Phase 2b clinical research study evaluating an investigational medication, RVT-101, for dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of RVT-101 in treating patients with a diagnosis of DLB.

Clinical trial participants can be reimbursed for their time and expenses.

Right now, there are no medications specially approved for the treatment of Dementia with Lewy bodies in the United States.

Lewy Body dementia patients:

  • tend to be younger than those with Alzheimer's,
  • deteriorate more quickly,
  • develop extreme symptoms like hallucinations,
  • and, experience violent nightmares early in the disease process.
LBD affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States.

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I can't say what this feels like because I never experienced these symptoms first hand as a caregiver for my mom. I do know they are gut wrenching, disconcerting, hard to deal with, and sometimes heart breaking.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR).

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