Second clinical trial death may be linked to Alzheimer’s drug

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A 65-year-old woman who was receiving a promising experimental treatment to slow the cognitive decline caused by her early Alzheimer’s disease recently died from a massive brain hemorrhage that some researchers link to the drug, Science reports. The clinical trial death, described in an unpublished case report obtained by the news site, is the second thought to be associated with the Eisai and Biogen antibody drug, called lecanemab. STAT reported on another such case last month. The newly disclosed fatality intensifies questions about the drug’s safety and how widely lecanemab should be prescribed if ultimately approved by regulators. The woman suffered a stroke and a type of swelling and bleeding previously seen with such antibodies.

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