Memory tests given at Rite Aid Corp. drug stores as an early warning for Alzheimer’s are drawing fire from doctors who say they don’t work well and may cause unwarranted fear among people who don’t have the disease.
About 1 in 8 Americans at least 60 years old reported confusion or memory loss in the preceding 12 months, according to health officials highlighting the need to be alert for early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Age-related forgetfulness may be due to a deficiency in a brain protein that helps form memories, a study found. Targeting the gene that produces that protein could lead to new therapies, the researchers said.
America’s $93 billion pipeline of generic pharmaceuticals often starts in places like Toansa, a village in northern India where a drug-making facility rises up beside mustard fields and manure-flecked ox-cart tracks.