‘Cerebroactive’ Drugs

  title={‘Cerebroactive’ Drugs},
  author={Alberto Spagnoli and Gianni Tognoni},
SummaryWhile their importance in the market-place is steadily increasing in developed (mainly continental Europe) and even in developing countries, compounds included in the broad category of ‘cerebroactive’ drugs hardly rate a mention in reference pharmacology and therapeutics textbooks. It is an undeniable fact, however, that the principal users or targets of this drug class, mainly elderly people, represent an increasingly worrying problem, with their often puzzling cohort of ill-definable… 
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