Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Another PDF reprint regarding new drug therapy Duopa

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) alerts the community that a medication called DUOPATM, gel formulation of carbidopa/levodopa, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of advanced Parkinson's disease. This is the second drug approved by the FDA for Parkinson’s disease this week.
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FDA Approves DUOPATM: What Does It Mean?
DUOPATM, a gel formulation of the drug carbidopa/levodopa that is delivered directly to the small intestine through a surgically-placed tube, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson's disease. The approval was announced yesterday by the drug’s manufacturer, AbbVie, Inc.
This new drug is a formulation of the gold-standard treatment carbidopa/levodopa. The manufacturer states that DUOPATM uses the same active ingredients as orally-administered carbidopa/levodopa, but is designed to improve absorption and reduce off-times for people with advanced Parkinson's disease by delivering the drug directly into the small intestine. DUOPATM is delivered for 16 continuous hours every day by a pump through a tube that requires a small surgically-placed hole in the stomach.
What does it mean? According to Kathleen M. Shannon, M.D., Chair of PDF's Medical Policy Committee, this is a welcome advance for a subset of people living with advanced Parkinson’s disease.
Learn more by watching our short video and reading our official statement.
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