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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, July 27, 2018

alzheimers news-its not my drug

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several folks contacted me yesterday asking if the drug that was in the news was my drug
it was on a lot of tv channels and on my newsfeeds yesterday and today

that drug is called ban2401
my drug is called aducanumab
both are made by biogen

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ban2401 attacks the amyloid at a particular site called protofibrils
aducanumab attacks the amyloid at a different site
both drugs grabs the amyloid and removes it
both are antibodies against the amyloid given as an injection or an infusion

ban2401 is about 2-5 years behind my drug aducanumab
ban2401 is in phase 2 studies
aducanumab is in phase 3 studies

the aducanumab phase 3 study ends for me after my next 2 infusions in 6 weeks
others in my study are further behind me
there are about 1200+ of us in the aducanumab study

it should be all finished in 2019 with the final results out probably 2020
it could be on the market the following year or two pending fda approval
ban2401 wont be available if it continues to do well until 2021+

dont worry starting in october i begin to definitely receive the aducanumab and not the placebo and will receive it for another 18 months or longer
that should carry me into 2020 when the results come out
if it doesnt work then ill stop it
if it does work then ill probably stay on it since they usually will continue the studies for a long term after that
im covered for now

ban2401 in this phase 2 study didnt work except at the higher doses
it worked best in folks like me with the apoe 4 gene
this higher dose study has only about 200-300 folks in it
the drug in the higher dose not only removed the amyloid
the patients memory improved by 30% on the memory tests they used

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aducanumab results from nature

my drug aducanumab in its phase 1 study on 100+ patients also worked best at the higher doses
the amyloid was mostly removed
the higher the dose the more removed
also all in the phase 1 study had improvement in their memories
those who received the placebo
it always sucks to be in the placebo group

so unlike the ban2401 drug it worked at the lower doses just not as strongly
the folks in the phase 1 study of aducanumab have now been followed for over 5 years
they have continued to have less amyloid in the brain and have showed continued improvement in their memory

my aducanumab drug also has higher side effects at the higher doses
in fact in the phase 3 study they dropped the highest dose because of the side effects
the biggest side effect is micorobleeds that may occur as the amyloid plaques are removed
a side effect that most of us with this disease would readily accept
the fda doesnt like them

when my drug aducanumab publishes its results next year or next expect the same hype that the ban2401 is getting now
the difference is that it will be available first for treatment for alzheimers disease

it probably will be used in folks with prealzheimers disease
prealzheimers disease is where many of you are
you dont have symptoms but your amyloid pet scans and or your spinal fluid for amyloid are positive
you just dont know that yet

it will be also used in folks like me with the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or those with mild alzheimers
it probably wont be used in moderate to severe alzheimers since by then so much damage has been done that little gain will come from using this expensive drug on those patients

getting diagnosed early is going to be important in the near future if you are going to be able to stop or slow down this disease

in the meantime be aggressive in taking care of your health

the early the better is the rule

so thats my answer to the question
is this your drug

the organicgreen doctor

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