Legal Issues in Alzheimer Disease Research in France

  • Alain Garay
Part of the Advances in Alzheimer Disease Therapy book series (AADT)


Therapy testing on man is as old as medicine itself. In honor of this, Article 15 of the Code of Medical Ethics, in no uncertain terms, requires doctors to “ensure the regularity of… biomedical research.” Alzheimer’s disease, a form of senile dementia and a biological enigma affecting more than 400,000 persons in France, remains a challenge to experimental medicine (LaRevue du Practicien, 1995). For French specialists, neurologists and gerontologists, THA (Tetrahydroaminoacrinine or tacrine) appeared to be a possible therapy, leading to an administrative marketing permit in April, 1994 (La Presse médicale, 1995). At present, the “best candidates” for tacrine are notably “those who are in a position to be included in research protocols for more efficient and tolerated medicine” (Derouesne, (1994); LaRevue du Practicien, 1994).


Senile Dementia Market Permit Minimal Importance Voluntary Consent Uncertain Term 
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  • Alain Garay
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  1. 1.ParisFrance

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