What happens if big drug companies drop Alzheimer's research?

As drug trials falter in finding a cure for Alzheimer's, research has pivoted toward prevention and managing the disease as a chronic illness.

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  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    June 22, 2019 3:23 p.m.

    Socialists believe everyone else's money should be funding everything. Herein lies the problem.

  • glacierlake3 Provo, UT
    June 21, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    The failure of big pharmacy to come up with a miracle cure that they can make money on in relationship to alzheimer's shows just how capitalist oriented they are. And who would the government go to if they put aside money to cure alzheimer's that means when when it comes to a rock and a hard place big Pharmacy has the upper hand. there is still pray to god for a better solution and see what shows up in the future.

  • freight-train , CA
    June 20, 2019 6:58 p.m.

    The answer certainly isn’t the government. Have you seen any successful business run by the government? I haven’t...case in point: USPS, DMV, The VA, IRS, your own public school system...that’s just a few. Also, if you set up 2 companies competing with one another, one govt ran and one privately ran and their task was to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease the private company would make the deepest and fastest advances by far over the government ran company.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    June 20, 2019 5:11 p.m.

    The usual socialists think government could find a cure for Alzheimers faster or better than private companies motivated by profit.

    I will always remember the wry remark of someone involved in the fight against polio, "Government would have made an ever better Iron . It was the private sector that invented the polio vaccine."

    Ask anyone over 50 about the quality of life improvements made possible by ever better drugs invented in just the last 30 years or so. Cancer survival rates have sky rocketed due to earlier detection and better chemo drugs. Those with Rhumitoid Arthritis, Chrohns, Ulcerative Colitis, severe phsorisis, and other auto-immune diseases live much better lives thanks to improved drugs. Hay fever is now much better managed with non-drowsey anti-histamines that did not exist in the 70s or 80s. Some of us remember when Ibuprofin and other NSAIDs were invented. Everything from the women's monthly cycle to over-worked muscles to severe pain is now better handled than with just aspirin or acetamenaphine.

    All of this with a profit motive in mind. None of it, nothing comparable done by socialism or government mandates.

  • freight-train , CA
    June 20, 2019 4:05 p.m.

    Innovation is what will make this happen. While the number of drug companies conducting trials for Alzheimers is in decline, there are still institutions and other small pharmaceutical start ups that are forging ahead. It only takes one small break-thru and that will spark a fire and a new pathway to treat and hopefully get to a cure.

  • Flipphone , 00
    June 20, 2019 9:51 a.m.

    Easy solution to difficult problems given by simpleton people. LIberals/Socialist beat up on drug companies complaining that these companies are not investing enough of their money in R&D. Then these same Liberals/Socialist will complain of the price once the Drug is available.

  • DVD Taylorsville, UT
    June 20, 2019 9:45 a.m.

    I agree with Fullypresent on having the government fund the research.

    Right now the drug companies seem to be more focused on how they can charge $10,000 per pill for aspirin, than doing any beneficial work at a sustainable price.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Alzheimer research is difficult, lengthy and incredibly expensive. The NIH should take the lead and make it a priority in partnership with the pharma industry who already has the infrastructure. Going to the moon and Mars are flashy goals, but that should not preclude pressing issues in public health.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2019 1:22 a.m.

    Have the gov't. fund research rather than funding so many wars around the world.