The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Food to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

    A new product deemed a “medical food” by the Food and Drug Administration is now available in the United States.

    Called Axona, this prescription product is mixed with water and taken once daily.

    Axona targets metabolic deficiencies associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and was shown in a phase 2 clinical study of 152 patients with probable mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease to improve cognition and memory, according to the manufacturer.

    The bottom line?
    The Alzheimer’s Association is reserving judgment. Promising results in phase 2 studies are often not confirmed in phase 3 studies of much larger groups of patients.

    That the FDA has approved Axona as part of the Orphan Drug Act says more about the lack options for preventing or treating Alzheimer’s disease than it does the efficacy and safety of this product.

    More about Axona is here, and here.

    3/14/09 00:01 JR

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