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(Ars Technica)   According to Biogen's online Alzheimer's screening quiz, y'all have it pretty bad and needed to start taking their newly approved drug yesterday   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Dumbass, Alzheimer's disease, Food and Drug Administration, Mild cognitive impairment, Donepezil, panel of expert advisors, Clinical trial, Beta amyloid, FDA statisticians  
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2021-07-25 7:50:33 AM  
"Even if you answered "Never" or "Almost Never" to all questions, it's important to stay on top of your cognitive health. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have and ask if cognitive screening is right for you."

It's a scam.
 
2021-07-25 8:09:14 AM  
I seriously hope this is our chance to join the rest of the civilized world and the end of drug advertisments and sets the wheels in motion to clobber the FDA and prohibit former employees from working in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years after their final day of employment.
 
2021-07-25 9:06:24 AM  

wearsmanyhats: "Even if you answered "Never" or "Almost Never" to all questions, it's important to stay on top of your cognitive health. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have and ask if cognitive screening is right for you."

It's a scam.


They want us to blow all our money on the latest Fake Word, fsck them.
 
2021-07-25 9:08:26 AM  

Daniel Boone's Farm: I seriously hope this is our chance to join the rest of the civilized world and the end of drug advertisments and sets the wheels in motion to clobber the FDA and prohibit former employees from working in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years after their final day of employment.


This cannot happen soon enough, but this is 'Murica you are talking about.  Where there is a Fake Word ad for every malady and money to be made.  What is wrong with you?
 
2021-07-25 9:38:05 AM  
All of those symptoms are also hallmarks of ADHD.

Obviously it's all about how bad the symptoms are and how much they affect you, but I have wondered if I'll even notice if I start have dementia symptoms someday. Maybe if the symptoms are still bad with meds on board?
 
2021-07-25 9:53:53 AM  
Didn't I read and respond to this yesterday? Or was it Friday?
Yes? No?
So confused.

:)
 
2021-07-25 10:26:02 AM  
The article fails to explain how it got FDA approval.
 
2021-07-25 10:59:25 AM  

wearsmanyhats: "Even if you answered "Never" or "Almost Never" to all questions, it's important to stay on top of your cognitive health. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have and ask if cognitive screening is right for you."

It's a scam.


We knew it was a scam during the approval, and I'm sure anyone following it before knew it was a scam*.  Any bets the board is as connected as Theranos was?  I think the only real difference is that those in the know *knew* what Theranos was doing was impossible, while Alzheimers drugs should be possible.  Just that this one has been shown to do nothing but causing brain hemorrhaging (Theranos was harmless, *if* you got real blood tests and ignored the scam).

/* digging into it, that doesn't look entirely correct; it was a failed drug early this year and only recently restarted as a scam.
// the drug was supposed to be abandoned in March, failing "futility tests"
///but they upped the dosage (and got more brain hemorrhaging) and rolled some nat 20s.  So the FDA politicians (with zero scientific or medical types on board) shoved it through.
 
2021-07-25 11:16:11 AM  
I have a friend who was in the highest dosage clinical trial, and it really did help him.  When it was withdrawn, he was really stricken, and I am glad for his sake it is back.  But I also suspect there's an unknown (not dosage related) factor here and that figuring that out is necessary for this to be really useful ( or for it to be a step on the road towards that).

In the meantime, the price is outrageous for the people it will help and obscene for the ones who will find it fails them.
 
2021-07-25 12:33:22 PM  
It's almost the same as the Scientology questions.
 
2021-07-25 12:36:53 PM  
so it's like the old are you an alcoholic quiz that asked do you drink regularly?  but never defines regularly.

one beer a week on friday afternoon for happy hour?  you're an alcoholic.

weird how the medical industry seems to broaden the definition of diseases to pull in all those poor unfortunately people who didn't realize they were sick.
 
2021-07-25 12:58:18 PM  
Considering the entire review board gave it a thumbs down, because there was no proof that it helped in any measurable way. But it still got approved, then the scope was reduced, and the approval process is being reviewed, something that rarely happens.
 
2021-07-25 1:00:03 PM  
The white-hot greed of business is going to destroy the human race.

Oh, well, it was good while it lasted.
 
2021-07-25 1:36:44 PM  
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2021-07-25 1:54:03 PM  
That's like the Libertarian quiz I took one time at a Sci-Fi convention. No matter how you answered, the result was that you should be a libertarian.
 
2021-07-25 2:26:23 PM  
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