A New Drug for Alzheimers Has Been Approved But Should You Go For It

By: Milton, Chiara

Published On: July 17, 2021

When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it can be heart-wrenching for the patient's family. It can trigger a range of emotions within the family like anger, frustration, sadness and fear. It is also a known fact that Alzheimer’s disease tends to gradually worsen over time. According to a report published by the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, it was estimated that 1 in 27 people above the age of 60 had dementia in 2020. (Source: The Hindu)

There’s a new drug for Alzheimer’s which supposedly reduces the symptoms of the disease. Read on to find out:

What is the new drug for Alzheimer’s?

In June, 2021 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first Alzheimer drug in nearly two decades. The drug- Aducanumab (brand name Aduhelm) was developed for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and was intended to slow the progression of the disease. 

Due to the accelerated breakdown of neurons in the brain of a Alzheimer’s patient, plaque is formed. The drug is a monoclonal antibody that is designed to reduce the presence of amyloid beta, a protein that forms plaques in the brain.

(Source: CNN)

How effective is the drug on patients?

According to the Indian Express, the drug has so far been tested on patients who were in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. It showed a positive effect in terms of reducing the presence of amyloid beta in patients. 

There is still not enough data to ascertain whether the drug will have an effect on people with severe Alzheimer’s or on its side effects. Experts say that it all depends on how the drug performs in the phase 4 clinical trials. 

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What is the cost of the drug?

Biogen, the company that developed the drug has said that the cost would be $56,000 (over Rs 40 lakh) per year. However, experts in India say that it would take at least 1 or 2 years for the drug to be available in India. The drug will be administered every month through an intravenous injection or infusion. 

How can crowdfunding help with Alzheimer’s treatment? 

The newly approved drug has shown promise in reducing symptoms in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s. If you know somebody who’s suffering from early stages of  Alzheimer’s and needs help to pay the treatment cost for this drug, 

Often Alzheimer’s affects patients over 60yr of age. Dealing with a limited pension amount and sometimes not having family to support them at this time, makes it difficult for the patient to manage their own healthcare bills. Suggest crowdfunding as an option and help them by starting a fundraiser for them. It takes no more than 5minutes. 

Many people have managed to pay for hospital bills and also medicines worth crores by raising funds from donors on our platform. Find out how.

No amount is too big when it comes to crowdfunding. Here’s how Baby Teera’s parents raised Rs 15.9 crore on our platform:

Due to the long period of illness, the costs for Alzheimer's treatment and management can be difficult to afford. The annual household cost of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s in India can be as high as Rs 2.2 lakhs in urban areas and Rs 66k in rural areas, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Public Health in 2013.  (Source: The Hindu)

If you are facing the same difficulty, you can choose to start a 0% fee fundraiser on behalf of the Alzheimer's patient in your family. It would take only 5 minutes to get started with the procedure. Here’s how 

Are you willing to start a fundraiser? Here are the documents required for medical crowdfunding