Amyloid, a toxic protein that slowly builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

Eisai Co.'s Alzheimer's drug Leqembi gained full approval from US regulators, a move that will help widen insurance access to the first drug cleared based on its ability to slow progression of the mind-robbing disease.

The broader clearance from the Food and Drug Administration marks a milestone for treatment of the dementia that afflicts some 6 million Americans. It's expected to lead to far greater coverage by insurers and the federal Medicare program for the medicine from Eisai and its partner Biogen Inc., which received expedited approval in January. The drug costs $26,500 for annual treatment.

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