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First Ever Study on Alzheimer's Disease Treatment in Hispanics Presented at Major Medical Meeting
Date:7/30/2008

Cruz urges more attention to diagnosis and treatment of AD among Hispanics and advises family members suspecting AD symptoms in a loved one to visit http://www.losamigosdesumemoria.com to learn more about the disease and complete an online memory screener.

The EARTH study represents Eisai and Pfizer's leadership in understanding the benefits of ARICEPT in multiple populations. The TAAAP study, published in the Journal of the National Medical Association in 2006, found that African Americans with mild to moderate AD and treated with ARICEPT experienced significant improvement in cognition and function. ARICEPT has now been studied in two underserved populations, both with higher prevalence and incidence of AD than the general population.

Alzheimer's Disease in the Hispanic Community

-- There are an estimated 200,000 Hispanics living in the U.S. with AD today, and by 2050, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Hispanic Americans will have the disease.

-- Due to language differences and cultural barriers, Hispanics typically wait to see a doctor until they are in a later stage of the disease -- usually three years after symptoms emerge.

-- Many Hispanics living with AD remain undiagnosed and untreated (approximately 40 percent).

-- Hispanics start showing AD symptoms nearly seven years earlier than non-Hispanics.

-- Reasons for increased AD risk in the Hispanic community include the growing senior population (age is the number one risk for disease), higher rates of diabetes and hypertension (known risk factors), and familial risk (genetics and heredity).
-- Hispanic participation in AD clinical trials remains historically low.

Information About ARICEPT Treatment in Alzheimer's Disease

ARICEPT is the only AD treatment to be approved in the U.S. for mild, moderate and severe dementia of the Alzheimer's type. While there is no c
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