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Biogen CEO: ‘Major bottleneck’ still limits Alzheimer’s drug

By TOM MURPHY
AP Health Writer

A new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen brought in only $300,000 in sales during its first full quarter on the market. It was a continuation of a slow debut complicated by coverage questions and doctor concerns. The infused drug has been hailed as a potential breakthrough treatment for a fatal disease. But Biogen CEO  Michel Vounatsos says it has encountered a health care system that “remains a major bottleneck.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, named Aduhelm, in June and later said it was appropriate for patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s. Medicare has yet to decide how it will cover Aduhelm.

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