Apr 7, 2022 - Health

Medicare will cover controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm with limits

Aduhelm
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Medicare will cover the controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm but it will limit it to patients who enroll in a clinical study, officials announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The drug has been the center of a fierce battle between patient groups and members of Congress pushing for access, and members of the medical community questioning the lack of evidence supporting the drug's safety and efficacy.

  • CMS is easing up on its initial plan which could have required a patient to undergo a randomized controlled trial in order to obtain the drug and will require a broader number of trials to access the drug.
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