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Sign this petition and tell Big Pharma not to abandon the Alzheimer's research we desperately need.

Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic in the United States. It is currently the sixth-leading cause of death, and one in three seniors will die with the disease. More than 5 million Americans suffer from it, and as many as 16 million are expected to have it by 2050 [1].

Yet there are no effective long-term treatments for Alzheimer's, and the treatments we do have — which hail from the '70s and '80s and treat symptoms for about six months to a year — have been referred to by experts as "better than nothing" [2]. They are far from good enough — and far from a cure.

Sadly, Pfizer has just announced that it is shutting down all research programs for neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease [3]. This decision will result in hundreds of layoffs and one fewer potential route toward an Alzheimer's cure.

Ultimately, curing Alzheimer's disease is likely to have a multimillion-dollar payoff — but it's not coming soon enough to keep pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer happy. Pfizer has explored routes toward finding a cure for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, including two Alzheimer's drugs that went as far as clinical trials in 2012 and 2017. All their efforts, however, have been abandoned once they were shown to be unsuccessful [3]. Now Pfizer is throwing in the towel, and it's not the first pharmaceutical company to do so.

A few other pharmaceutical giants, including AstraZeneca PLC, Biogen Inc., and Eli Lilly & Co., continue searching for an Alzheimer's cure [3], along with various biotech firms and academic medical research centers [4]. But as costs rise and profits shrink, it seems likely these other entities will drop the ball and follow suit.

In terms of profit, Pfizer's decision makes sense. However, the human implications of Pfizer's choice are devastating. Pharmaceutical companies play a vital role in the continued medical advancements against Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders. Millions of Americans depend on these advancements to improve or maintain their quality of life. Alzheimer's disease is only becoming a bigger problem as baby boomers approach old age, and now is not the time to give up researching a disease that's so prevalent and so life-altering.

Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies must not abandon such work that is critical to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Sign the petition and demand that they continue their vital Alzheimer's research programs.

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Dear Pfizer CEO Ian C. Read,

I am truly disappointed that Pfizer has decided to shut down its research programs for neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. As one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer is certainly a leader in the field of biotech. Such a decision is quite surprising and disheartening when considering the epidemic our country has on its hands.

Over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, and that number is only expected to rise. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death, yet we have no effective long-term treatments for the disease.

I understand that Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies are feeling pressure to stop searching for cures to these diseases because such efforts pose a financial risk. However, advances in these areas are vital to the health of millions of Americans. Finding a cure will only lead to a multimillion-dollar payoff.

While Pfizer may not be thinking about the human impact of its decisions, billions of other people around the globe are. As the baby boomer generation gets older, more and more people are expected to suffer from the disease. Up to 16 million people are expected to have it by 2050.

These are only a few of the reasons why pharmaceutical companies should continue to do such risky-yet-important research. One in three seniors will die with Alzheimer's, and with a disease so prevalent, finding a cure is direly needed.

I demand that Pfizer continues researching treatments and cures for Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. Please don't allow profits to be the roadblock that prohibits us from finding a cure.


Petition Signatures

Aug 2, 2018 Diana Dupree
Aug 1, 2018 Christa Sangataldo
Jul 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 11, 2018 carole hiollis
Jul 10, 2018 Karen Culp
Jul 10, 2018 Nancy Carl Our family has been impacted by this terrible disease several times. We cannot encourage you enough to continue to put every possible effort into finding a cure. As us Baby Boomers continue to age we know with certainty that many of us will develop it
Jul 10, 2018 Elaine Tokarski
Jul 10, 2018 Jennifer Ellis
Jul 7, 2018 Linda Haines
Jul 7, 2018 Cynthia Dahlen
Jul 3, 2018 Paula Berry
Jul 2, 2018 Jodi Brito
Jul 1, 2018 Samantha Cooch
Jun 30, 2018 Jeanne Waliczek
Jun 27, 2018 Vasilique Mountzouris Horrible disease my 69 year old father has it. Very hard on us ...WE NEED A CURE
Jun 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Charlene Sipe
Jun 18, 2018 Terry Linn
Jun 17, 2018 Thomas Re'
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Sherrie Denney
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Kathy Jones Alzheimer is a devastating disease. If 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimers, surely you can see the need for continued research. We needy to help find a cure!
Jun 14, 2018 Carol Harris
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Jane Rigney
Jun 9, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 28, 2018 Roxana Moya
May 27, 2018 Sharman von Dallwitz
May 27, 2018 Kay Fisher
May 26, 2018 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
May 26, 2018 Annamaria Venditti
May 26, 2018 mesut subasi
May 26, 2018 Albeniz Pérez
May 26, 2018 SANDRY SAMPER
May 26, 2018 Шана Шарпей
May 26, 2018 Sanand Dilip
May 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2018 Liliana fiorini
May 23, 2018 Lisa Delabre
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
May 21, 2018 Michelle Virus
May 19, 2018 Sherry Heldt the need is there, you can pursue, Make it happen as though it was going to help YOUR family member. Don't just worry about not making $$.

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