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Parkinson's drug approved in new strength

A new strength of Stalevo, the combination drug from Orion Corp. and Novartis used to treat Parkinson's disease, has been approved by the FDA.

A new strength of Stalevo, the combination drug from Orion Corp. and Novartis used to treat Parkinson's disease, has been approved by the FDA. The 200-mg tablet will contain 50 mg carbidopa, 200 mg levodopa, and 200 mg entacapone and will offer physicians greater dosing flexibility for patients experiencing symptom reemergence due to end-of-dose "wearing off," according to the manufacturers. Stalevo is also available in 50-, 100-, and 150-mg strengths. The new 200-mg tablet will be available in pharmacies in October.

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