#TOTW (19-06-2014): ‘Dementia progress ‘achingly slow’ says global envoy’

In a week dominated by talk of dementia, I decided that this week’s #TOTW is:

‘Dementia progress ‘achingly slow’ says global envoy’ via

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27912473

I think Dr.Gillings sums it up far better than I could, so:

“Dementia is a ticking bomb costing the global economy £350bn and yet progress with research is achingly slow. Research must become more attractive to pharmaceuticals so they will invest and innovate.

“Just as the world came together in the fight against HIV/Aids, we need to free up regulation so that we can test groundbreaking new drugs, and examine whether the period for market exclusivity could be extended.

“Without this radical change, we won’t make progress in the fight against dementia.”

If you look at the figures on the BBC link, then you will see that Government spending on dementia research is almost 1/10th that which is spent on cancer research, and although I’m not suggesting that one is more worthy than the other, clearly there needs to be a re-balancing of the proportion here. The Government has pledged to increase spending by about £14 millions by next year. Clearly a drop in the ocean, and not something that is going to help the massive push needed to come up with either a preventative drug or a cure for this extremely debilitating disease.

Until next week…

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