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July 10, 2007


Dear Sebastian,

Any Alzheimer's drug that can be delivered using a patch is an extraordinary improvement. Many Alzheimer patients have a great deal of difficulty swallowing, and will hold the pills in their mouths and spit them out later. It is very difficult to try to force them to take their medicine, because their sense of dignity is being assaulted when you try to coerce or persuade them. I think that even if the patch is less effective in delivering the medicine, it is better many times than oral administration.

Best of luck to everybody trying to help someone with the various difficulties of aging.

Dear Sebastian,

Exelon, now available in patch form, isn't a new drug for Alzheimer's Disease; it was approved by the FDA in 2000. Like all Alzheimer drugs, its efficacy is unclear.

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