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A new Alzheimer’s treatment developed by Eli Lilly slowed the rate of cognitive and functional decline in patients by 35% compared to placebo, paving the way for a submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and boosting hopes for a new class of Alzheimer’s drugs, STAT writes. But the positive outcome of the study involving the drug, called donanemab, could be tempered by the deaths of two patients, and possibly a third, from a type of brain swelling caused by these drugs. The results of the study were reported in a press release and have not yet been reviewed by outside scientists. Lilly said the data will be used to file for full approval with the FDA before the end of June.


A majority of European Union countries have rallied behind a proposal to create a “Critical Medicines Act” that would replicate European efforts toward self-reliance in microchips, Politico tells us. The act would encourage production of key medicines, as well as pharmaceutical ingredients, reducing dependencies on major producers like China and India. The idea is put forward in a position paper drawn up by the Belgian government and backed by 18 other countries, including France and Germany. They noted 40% of all pharmaceutical ingredients globally are sourced from China and production for many of these products is concentrated in just a handful of manufacturing sites.

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