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Higher Dose of Novartis Drug Exelon® Patch Approved by FDA for Patients with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

September 4, 2012

Source: Novartis

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved a higher dose of Exelon® Patch (rivastigmine transdermal system) for the treatment of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The new 13.3 mg/24 hour dosage strength of Exelon Patch provides physicians with a new treatment option for patients who are experiencing a decline in overall function and cognition.

"Alzheimer's disease is marked by progressive symptomatic decline, resulting in an increasingly large physical and emotional challenge for the patient and caregiver," said Jeffrey Cummings, MD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. "Having multiple options for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease will help physicians better care for patients with the hope of improving function and cognition."

"Family caregivers play a vital role in the Alzheimer's treatment journey by working closely with healthcare providers to choose the right treatment for their loved ones," said John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of the National Family Caregivers Association. "From the caregiver's standpoint, a patch can be visual evidence to help see if their loved one has actually received their medication, so to have an additional option is important."

Exelon Patch is the first transdermal (through the skin) therapy approved for the treatment of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. It is also approved to treat people with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease dementia.

"Exelon Patch has been used to treat hundreds of thousands of patients over the years, so we are especially pleased that the higher dose is now available to help even more people," said Andre Wyss, President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. "We believe in transdermal application and the efficacy of Exelon Patch, and we are committed to continuing our research in Alzheimer's disease."

Adapted from Novartis

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