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We just got the first new Alzheimer's drug in nearly 2 decades

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 08 Jun 2021

<bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Hello,</p><p>Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-approves-biogen-alzheimers-disease-drug-aducanumab-2021-63">On Monday, the FDA approved the first new Alzheimer's drug in nearly two decades</a>;</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/one-medical-is-buying-iora-health-2021-6">Primary care company One Medical wants to tap into senior care by acquiring competitor Iora Health</a>;</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-travel-fly-safely-fully-vaccinated-2021-6"></a><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/medicare-coverage-brain-scans-for-new-alzheimers-drug-2021-6">We looked into an old Medicare policy that could get in the way of patients accessing the newly approved Alzheimer's drug</a>.</li></ul><p>If you're new to this newsletter,&nbsp;<a href="http://newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/newsletter.businessinsider.com/join/4np/insider-healthcare" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="2e12e8b76b1304c6cbd7ac1c8a5fa6c4">sign up here.</a> Comments, tips' Email me at <a href="mailto:lramsey@insider.com" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="1c850c3eb45f257222d8cde9c67d2a31">lramsey@insider.com</a>&nbsp;or tweet&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/lydiaramsey125" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="feb993682cd68288e207c74d333b0882">@lydiaramsey125</a>. Let's get to it...</p><hr><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-approves-biogen-alzheimers-disease-drug-aducanumab-2021-63"><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/6009eb14c94799001992ca63-2400/AP19295518927022.jpg" border="0" alt="AP19295518927022" data-mce-source="Matt York/Associated Press" data-mce-caption="Dr. William Burke goes over a PET brain scan at Banner Alzheimers Institute in Phoenix. Biogen's drug was tested against carriers of the APOE gene, which is linked to Alzheimer's, and non-carriers."></a></h3><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-approves-biogen-alzheimers-disease-drug-aducanumab-2021-63">The FDA just approved the first new Alzheimer's drug in 18 years</a></h3><ul><li>The FDA on Monday approved the first new Alzheimer's disease treatment in nearly two decades.</li><li>Biogen had initially deemed the drug a failure and shut down two late-stage trials.</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-approves-biogen-alzheimers-disease-drug-aducanumab-2021-63">Experts were divided on the drug. One analyst had estimated a 15% chance the FDA would approve it.</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-approves-biogen-alzheimers-disease-drug-aducanumab-2021-63">Here's what you need to know&gt;&gt;</a></strong></p><hr><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/one-medical-is-buying-iora-health-2021-6"><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5c8693e526289874ea0dfee3-2400/0278-from-the-hip-photo.jpg" border="0" alt="A patient consulting with a medical professional at an Iora Health clinic." data-mce-source="Courtesy Iora Health" data-mce-caption="A patient consulting with a medical professional at an Iora Health clinic."></a></h3><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/one-medical-is-buying-iora-health-2021-6">One Medical is making a $2.1 billion bet on a rival that upended medical care for seniors</a></h3><ul><li>Primary care company One Medical plans to acquire competitor Iora Health in a $2.1 billion deal.</li><li>The deal would set One Medical up to expand beyond the commercially insured market into caring for seniors 65 and up.</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/one-medical-is-buying-iora-health-2021-6">It's the latest example of primary care companies chasing seniors.</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/one-medical-is-buying-iora-health-2021-6">Get the full story&gt;&gt;</a></strong></p><hr><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/medicare-coverage-brain-scans-for-new-alzheimers-drug-2021-6"><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60be1b1be459cb0018a2c6e2-2400/GettyImages-539526613.jpg" border="0" alt="Alzheimer's brain scan" data-mce-source="Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images/Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Maree Valenta, who has Alzheimer's disease, undergoes a scan to detect early Alzheimer's in 2004."></a></h3><h3><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/medicare-coverage-brain-scans-for-new-alzheimers-drug-2021-6">An old Medicare policy could stand in the way of millions of Alzheimer's patients looking to get the first approved treatment in nearly 2 decades</a></h3><ul><li>The FDA just approved a new Alzheimer's disease drug that targets a plaque that builds up in some patients' brains.</li><li>Doctors will likely need to perform a scan to see if patients are eligible for the drug.</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/medicare-coverage-brain-scans-for-new-alzheimers-drug-2021-6">Medicare, which insures more than&nbsp;5 million people with Alzheimer's, doesn't cover the scan.</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/medicare-coverage-brain-scans-for-new-alzheimers-drug-2021-6">Find out more&gt;&gt;&nbsp;</a></strong></p><hr><p><strong>More stories we're reading:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/us-officials-avoided-lab-leak-theory-gain-of-function-research-2021-6">US officials may have avoided the coronavirus lab-leak theory to avoid associations with controversial gain-of-function research</a> (Insider)</li><li><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/06/06/vaccination-rates-decline-us/">Vaccination rates are falling, and that's putting Biden's goal of getting 70% of the US vaccinated by July 4 in jeopardy</a> (Washington Post)</li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-vaccine-should-come-with-license-to-party-bioethicist-2021-6">People who've had COVID-19 vaccines should get a state-issued 'driver's license' to party, top bioethicist says</a> (Insider)</li><li><a href="https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/07/why-biogen-may-be-sitting-on-the-most-lucrative-product-in-pharmaceutical-history/">Biogen's newly approved Alzheimer's drug might be the most lucrative medicine in history</a> (Stat News)</li></ul><hr><p>- Lydia</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/insiders-top-healthcare-stories-for-june-8-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/scorpion-venom-most-expensive-liquid-in-the-world-2018-8">Why scorpion venom is the most expensive liquid in the world</a></p>
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