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STAT Plus: Pharmalittle: Roche halts Alzheimer’s drug trials; is public health jeopardized as FDA fast tracks generics?

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Roche (RHHBY) is halting two late-stage clinical trials of its crenezumab drug for early Alzheimer’s disease after an interim analysis indicated it was unlikely to hit its primary goal, Reuters says. The announcement by Roche, which has been working on the product with AC Immune, marks the latest high-profile failure of an Alzheimer’s drug following the 2016 flop of an experimental medicine from Eli Lilly (LLY). The failures have undermined conviction in the beta amyloid hypothesis, in which a protein forms plaques in the brain and likely plays a pivotal role in the disorder.

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