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Cure for Alzheimer's Disease Found In Once A Day Pill According to Australian Researchers - Drug Lowers Amyloid in Body in 24 Hours

July 22nd 2006

Cure for Alzheimer's Disease Found In Once A Day Pill According to Australian Researchers - Drug Lowers Amyloid in Body in 24 Hours

A Cure?

Australian scientists say they have found a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and it is as simple as a once-a-day pill.  Trials of the drug, PBT2, start next month according to The Australian news agency.  The pill was developed by the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria in partnership with Prana Biotechnology in Melbourne.

Professor George Fink said “It is a major breakthrough and very much a Melbourne discovery.''  Fink is the director of the Mental Health Research Institute.  He added “Though much depends on the next phase of human clinical trials ... early results indicate this drug offers hope to people with Alzheimer's disease.''


The Australian report says the drug works fast by lowering the amyloid levels by 60 percent in 24 hours.  Amyloid is a protein that many scientists believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s.  Amyloid causes the brain to “rust”, according to the researchers.  They say PBT2 suppressed the “impairment of memory function.” 

It is pretty rare you hear anyone claim to have a cure for a disease, let alone one that is so prevalent and devastating.  Professor Fink says the drug could significantly prevent Alzheimer's from developing or delay the on-set of the brain disease for many years. 


More human studies begin in Sweden next month and Australians will be able to join a major international trial of the drug next year.  Fink says the drug could be on the market within four years. 

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