14th April 2010 - New research

Evidence of Neupro (rotigotine transdermal system) improving symptoms of Parkinson's Disease was presented at the 62nd American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Canada. Neupro (Rotigotine) is a dopamine agonist used with Parkinson's Disease that, via a skin patch, provides a slow and constant supply of Rotigotine over the
course of 24 hours. For more information go to Neupro. Rotigotine showed significantly greater improvement than the use of a placebo in early morning muscular symptoms, sleep quality, fatigue, mood, cognition, attention and memory. The effect persisted over a long period of time. The most frequently reported adverse events were nausea (21%), application site reactions (15%), and dizziness (10%). However, the use of Neupro can cause a wide variety of, sometimes serious, side effects. The use of any dopamine agonist, including Neupro, will also eventually cause a decrease in the sensitivity of the same dopamine receptors that it is intended to stimulate.

In April 2008, Neupro was withdrawn from use in the U.S.A. because specific batches of Neupro had deviated from their specification. UCB is working with the U.S. FDA so that Neupro can be available to patients with early-stage Parkinson's Disease as soon as possible. Neupro is not approved for use in Canada either, but is available in Europe. For more information go to the News release.  For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.


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