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FDA Approves Skin Patch to Treat Dementia

The FDA recently approved a skin patch version of the drug donepezil to treat mild to severe Alzheimer’s-related dementia, called Adlarity.

The drug is the first patch available for dementia and works to deliver a consistent dose of donepezil through the skin. The approval comes after the FDA reviewed clinical trial data showing the transdermal drug works just as well as its oral counterpart.

“The FDA approval of Adlarity brings a new and innovative way to deliver consistently a well-tolerated form of donepezil, the most widely used medicine for patients with Alzheimer’s disease,” Perry J. Sternberg, president and president CEO of Corium, said in a press release.

Adlarity is a patch you wear for seven days before replacing it with another. It will be available with a prescription from a healthcare provider when it becomes available in early fall 2022. The treatment is approved in 5 mg/day or 10 mg/day dosages. You can place the patch on your back, upper buttock, or upper thigh. Adlarity is a once-a-week patch that uses one patch to deliver a consistent drug dose. 

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