Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough: British scientists pave way for simple pill to cure disease

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    Oct 10, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    Hopefully this works out.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/alzheimers-treatment-breakthrough-british-scientists-pave-way-for-simple-pill-to-cure-disease-8869716.html
  • seafrontbloke

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    Oct 11, 2013 9:51 AM GMT
    It is indeed good news.

    The study, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, was carried out at the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester.

    You might be interested to know that the MRC is state funded.
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    Oct 11, 2013 9:54 AM GMT
    seafrontbloke saidIt is indeed good news.

    The study, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, was carried out at the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester.

    You might be interested to know that the MRC is state funded.


    I have no doubt a lot of good research comes out from state funded research - a lot of bad research as well, and on top of it, a really large amount of bureaucracy and overhead. Is it the most efficient route?
  • seafrontbloke

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    Oct 11, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    Good question, maybe the potential for profit isn't always considered significant enough when you look at the large amount of pharmaceutical research that doesn't hit the pharmacy sales floor.

    It's probably currently too broad a research to interest the pharmaceutical companies.
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    Oct 12, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
    seafrontbloke saidGood question, maybe the potential for profit isn't always considered significant enough when you look at the large amount of pharmaceutical research that doesn't hit the pharmacy sales floor.

    It's probably currently too broad a research to interest the pharmaceutical companies.


    There's a tremendous amount of profit available in Alzheimer's related/degenerative brain diseases - only because the demand curve is really inelastic. I'd expect that it will be a private firm that will commercialize this.
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    Oct 13, 2013 10:02 AM GMT
    seafrontbloke saidGood question, maybe the potential for profit isn't always considered significant enough when you look at the large amount of pharmaceutical research that doesn't hit the pharmacy sales floor.

    It's probably currently too broad a research to interest the pharmaceutical companies.


    There are loss leaders even in the pharmaceutical industry I assure you. icon_smile.gif It is always good for new effective medications to pass through trials even if they are from a government funded source. It is however the largess that is the issue with the government approach.