Alzheimer's and Clinical Trials

Alzheimer's and Clinical Trials

05.17.12 | By

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On Friday, PhRMA will be launching its new clinical trials report titled "Research in Your Backyard" in The Old Line State. This report compiles all the great data about clinical trials taking place in Maryland and how such trials are benefiting patient care and local and state economies.

The timing of this report is important, as the Administration yesterday released its National Alzheimer's Plan. It is an ambitious plan - it targets the year 2025 for the development of an Alzheimer's treatment. But one important factor overlooked in all the media coverage about the plan is the ongoing work that biopharmaceutical companies are already doing to research and discover new treatments for this disease. And in order to determine whether these potential new medicines are effective, numerous clinical trials are currently taking place across the U.S.

The reality is that many clinical trials are taking place for Alzheimer's and other dementias but patients, and often physicians, just don't have any information about such trials at their fingertips. The goal of the Research in Your Backyard report is to provide such information so that patients, caregivers, health care providers and others know what type of clinical trials are going on around them.

In the U.S., there are currently nearly 199 clinical trials focusing on this devastating disease, including four trials in the state of Maryland. The projected number of U.S. patients with Alzheimer's in the year 2050 is 16 million and in Maryland alone, more than 100,000 residents will have Alzheimer's - up from 86,000 today.

For this reason, it is critical to arm everyone with information about these clinical trials so that together - industry, academia and federal research institutions - we can move forward in the great battle against Alzheimer's.

Stay tuned for more information about other clinical trials taking place in the great state of Maryland!

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