When the F.D.A. approved the drug Aduhelm, the first Alzheimer’s treatment to receive the agency’s endorsement in almost two decades, it gave hope to many.
But the decision was contentious; some experts say there’s not enough evidence that the treatment can address cognitive symptoms.
What is the story behind this new drug?
Guest: Pam Belluck, a health and science writer for The New York Times.
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- Aduhelm, also known as aducanumab, was approved despite opposition from the F.D.A.’s independent advisory committee and some Alzheimer’s experts.
- Even those who supported the F.D.A.’s approval have said that authorizing it for anyone with the disease is much too broad.
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