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How will new drugs for Alzheimer's disease help control costs of care?

A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association finds that on our current trajectory Alzheimer’s disease in adults over 65 will cost $1 trillion per year by 2050 and a total of $20 trillion in the next 40 years. New disease-modifying treatments could change that trajectory, though. A new treatment that delays the onset of disease by 5 years would push back the growth in new cases reducing the number of people with the disease by 43 percent and saving $447 billion a year by 2050. A treatment that slows the progression of AD by 5 years would reduce the number of people in the severe stage of the disease by over 80 percent and save $197 billion a year by 2050.

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