Issue 10, volume 4, Supplement of Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, Session 04-11-02, P273, entitled “The Safety and Tolerability of etanercept in Alzheimer’s disease (STEADI-09): A Phase II Double Blind Randomised Placebo Controlled Trial”, principal investigator Clive Holmes MD, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, contains the first double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled data supporting the therapeutic efficacy of etanercept for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The abstract of this study (full-text here) published in this issue in July 2014. The abstract concludes:
“This study shows good tolerability and safety of Etanercept in the subjects with Alzheimer’s Disease. This study is also supportive of beneficial cognitive, behavior and activities of daily living in subjects taking subcutaneous Etanercept.”
A 2008 article in BBC News had previously discussed the favorable results of etanercept for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in a study whose lead author was Edward Tobinick M.D. The article reported at the time that Clive Holmes MD was interested in taking on further research utilizing this treatment approach.