Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Drug Reports Deaths Spark

April 10, 2018 Categories: Dangerous Drugs

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Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Drug Reports Deaths Spark

NuplazidA new medication called Nuplazid, made by San Diego-based Acadia Pharmaceuticals had been designated a “breakthrough therapy” – meaning that it demonstrated “substantial improvement” in patients with serious or life-threatening diseases compared to treatments already on the market.

The physician who led the FDA’s medical review, Dr. Paul Andreason, warned that patients taking the drug during the company’s clinical trials experienced serious outcomes, including death, at more than double the rate of those taking the placebo. The company’s limited testing, he said, had not convinced him that the benefits outweighed the risks.


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