Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trials of 11 Drugs Give Best Hope Yet of Treatment for Alzheimer's

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Trials of 11 Drugs Give Best Hope Yet of Treatment for Alzheimer's

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Byline: ANNA DAVIS

NEW drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease could be available within the next five years, experts said today.

Researchers said they are closer than ever to finding an effective drug to help the 700,000 people in the UK who suffer from some form of dementia.

Eleven drugs that could slow the progress of Alzheimer's are in the final stage of clinical trials and initial tests are being carried out on up to 80 more.

Professor Simon Lovestone, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, said: "In the next five to 10 years there is a chance of treatment that slows down the rate of progression in Alzheimer's. Many drugs fail the final trials but there are so many in the pipeline it is very likely if funding continues that we have a chance of success in the next decade.

"Thousands of patients are taking these drugs in trials. It is undoubtedly the best position we've been in over the past two decades of research. …

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