Alzheimer's drug U-turn: Your comments

  • 7 October 2010
  • From the section Health
Current rules prevent NHS doctors prescribing donepezil (Aricept) to treat the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Hundreds of thousands more patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease could get drug treatments following a U-turn by the health watchdog.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, covering England and Wales, now says evidence backs the use of drugs for "mild" symptoms.

The availability of drugs for the condition on the NHS has been source of controversy for almost a decade.

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