Concerns Over AstraZeneca Alzheimer's Drug
10/19/2005 5:12:46 PM
A drug used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease could actually make their condition worse, a study says. Quetiapine (Seroquel) is commonly used in nursing homes to combat agitation, a common symptom of Alzheimer's.
But research by Institute of Psychiatry experts in the British Medical Journal online suggests it could significantly speed up the rate of patients' decline.
However, a spokesman for AstraZeneca, which makes Seroquel, said the drug was safe and effective.
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