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Veterans Health Administration will cover the newest Alzheimer’s drug

In an unexpected move, the Veterans Health Administration announced Monday that it will widely cover a new Alzheimer’s treatment, even as Medicare has decided to wait for additional data about the medicine before taking the same step.

The VA will provide coverage to veterans who meet agency criteria for using the medicine — called Leqembi — as well as stipulations on the product labeling, according to Eisai, which is partnering with Biogen to market the treatment. About 80% to 90% of veterans who clear these hurdles may be eligible for the treatment, but the exact number is uncertain, according to an Eisai spokeswoman.

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