Medicare plans to restrict access to controversial, pricey Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm to patients in clinical trials

WASHINGTON — Medicare plans to cover the controversial, pricey Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, but only for certain patients enrolled in clinical trials, the agency announced on Tuesday.

The proposed move would likely mean some patients will not be able to access the Biogen drug, which is the first Alzheimer’s treatment approved in nearly two decades. Since it got the green light this summer, doctors and scientists have raised questions about whether it actually works, government watchdogs have begun investigating whether the Food and Drug Administration followed proper procedure to approve it, and policy experts have questioned whether it is effective enough to justify its hefty price tag.

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Medicare plans to restrict access to controversial, pricey Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm to patients in clinical trials

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