With increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease threatening to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid by 2050, the fiscal pinch of the sequester could extend decades into the future and compromise already-limited progress on Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment. A letter in the New York Times detailed the data.

A team of radiologists and neurologists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland are enrolling patients with suspected early-stage Alzheimer’s disease in a study designed to determine if Amyvid can identify amyloid plaques via PET or MRI. Read more about the research by clicking the link below.

Baxter announced results of its Phase III clinical study of immunoglobulin (IG). In the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial, IG did not meet its co-primary endpoints of reducing cognitive decline and preserving functional abilities in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease after 18 months of treatment. Given the findings, Baxter said it will re-evaluate its approach for its Alzheimer’s program.

Eli Lilly and Company has acquired a pair of PET tracers from Siemens. The investigational tracers are designed to target the tau deposits that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Lilly’s wholly owned subsidiary, will develop and validate the tracers, according to Lilly.