Alzheimer's Drug Tested

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Monday, April 17 2006 Apr 17, 2006 Monday, April 17, 2006 7:04:46 PM CDT April 17, 2006 in News

Pink pills, code named MPC, make Joe Fairchild, 82, and his wife, Margaret, hopeful about their future.

"I say, 'Take your time,' but he always jumps up and does it then because he's afraid he'll forget," she said.

After joking about his forgetfulness for months, she and Joe realized he may have Alzheimer's.

"I think that's a possibility that I have Alzheimer's," admitted Joe. "And it's already started."

After a brain scan, Joe became part of a clinical trial to test a drug that could slow his memory loss by up to a year.

"My goal is to keep it there," said Joe. "I can live the rest of my life like this."

Dr. Stephen Thein of Pacific Research Network, explained, "The medication that we're looking at is what I call a plaque buster."

Scientists think plaque in the brain causes Alzheimer's.

"The portion that we're working on is something that dissolves the plaque and removes it from the brain," Thein added.

"If it doesn't help me in the future, maybe it'll help someone else," said Joe.

"I'm what they call his caregiver," said Margaret. "He can't come without me."

That's because this couple said tackling problems as a team makes for a good marriage and happy memories.

"If you got it, you got it. You can't ignore it," Joe noted. "But, you can adjust your life accordingly."

Doctors said the memory drug's side effects include possible gastric problems, such as ulcers.

For more information about the clinical study, call Pacific Research Network, Inc. at 619-294-4302.

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