Many Newly Diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease Patients Do Not Receive Alzheimer's Drugs As First-Line Therapy
First-line prescribing of antidepressants is largely driven by primary care physicians; 45 percent of surveyed primary care physicians indicate they prescribe antidepressants first line as a monotherapy, compared with only 27 percent of surveyed neurologists.
"The prescribing of antidepressants as first line therapy for Alzheimer's disease not only underscores the relatively high rate of comorbidity between Alzheimer's disease and depression, but more importantly indicates that physicians and/or patients prioritize the treatment of depression in newly diagnosed Alzheimer's disease patients," said Matthew Winton, Ph.D., analyst with Decision Resources. "This is likely because physicians perceive that effective treatments exist for depression, but not for cognitive decline."
The report also finds that relatively long delays separate a patient's first diagnosis for Alzheimer's disease and the start of treatment. Patient-level claims data show that only 34.9 percent of patients begin first-line treatment for the disease within a year of their first diagnosis. Slow treatment initiation of newly diagnosed patients can be attributed to the unwillingness of patients to receive treatment.
About Treatment Algorithm Insight Series
Decision Resources combines in-depth primary research with the most extensive claims-based longitudinal patient-level data from IMS Lifelink: Health Plans Claims database to provide exceptional insight into physicians' prescribing trends and the factors that drive therapy product choice, from diagnosis through multiple courses of treatment, for a specific disease.
About Decision Resources, Inc.
Decision Resources, Inc. is a cohesive portfolio of companies that offers best-in-class, high-value information and insights on important sectors of the healthcare industry. Clients rely on this analysis and data to make informed decisions.
All company, brand or product names contained in this document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Source: Decision Resources
There are no references listed for this article.
Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:
Resources, Decision. "Many Newly Diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease Patients Do Not Receive Alzheimer's Drugs As First-Line Therapy." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 1 Apr. 2010. Web.
26 Jun. 2017. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/184148.php>
Resources, D. (2010, April 1). "Many Newly Diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease Patients Do Not Receive Alzheimer's Drugs As First-Line Therapy." Medical News Today. Retrieved from
Please note: If no author information is provided, the source is cited instead.
Contact our news editors
For any corrections of factual information, or to contact our editorial team, please see our contact page.
Copyright Medical News Today: Excluding email/sharing services explicitly offered on this website, material published on Medical News Today may not be reproduced, or distributed without the prior written permission of Medilexicon International Ltd. Please contact us for further details.