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"What a Bad Day Science Had"

The Hastings Center

June 7, 2021, was a bad day for science. That was the day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, even though a committee of its own selected experts recommended strongly against approval. The committee found that studies failed to prove the medicine works, or that its benefits outweigh side effects, which include swelling and bleeding in the brain. In a break from precedent, the FDA did not accept its committee’s recommendation, but delayed its decision for months, culminating in an announcement of approval.