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Biogen and Eisai's dementia drug tie-up pays off with US approval

New treatment holds promise for Alzheimer's patients but obstacles remain

Biogen and Eisai's drug Aducanumab has been shown in clinical trials to be effective in removing amyloid beta plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease. (Source photo by Biogen/AP)

TOKYO -- A pharmaceutical alliance between Japan's Eisai and U.S.-based Biogen has succeeded in developing the world's first therapeutic drug approved for slowing the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

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