New drug could increase "on" time in Parkinson&s patients


Clinicians who treat persons with Parkinson&s disease will soon be able to offer them the first drug to be approved for the treatment of Parkinson&s in 3 years. The FDA recently approved carbidopa, levodopa, and entacapone (Stalevo, Novartis/Orion Pharma) for the treatment of persons with idiopathic Parkinson&s disease. This new product is indicated as a substitute for immediate-release carbidopa/levodopa and entacapone previously administered as individual drugs, and as a replacement for immediate-release carbidopa/levodopa therapy (without entacapone) when patients experience end-of-dose "wearing-off." Stalevo will be available during the third quarter of 2003.

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