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Rivastigmine Nearing FDA Nod for Alzheimer’s Disease


The new cholinesterase inhibitor rivastigmine tartrate (Exelon—Novartis) should soon be on the U.S. market. The agent is likely to be approved for mild to moderate cases of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Some data indicate benefits of the drug in patients with moderately severe dementia of the Alzheimer’s type and for treating behavioral symptoms in nursing home patients with AD or Lewy body dementia, but the company is not pursuing FDA approval for these uses.


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