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Pharma Company Behind Controversial Drug Facing DOJ Probe

Acadia Pharmaceuticals is facing a Department of Justice probe over marketing practices related to its controversial Parkinson’s drug Nuplazid (pimavanserin). The investigation was disclosed in an SEC document and was first reported by CNN. In the filing, the company said it had received a civil investigative demand from the DOJ…

Dear FDA: Do More When Drugs Have Issues After Approval

If patients taking a drug during a clinical trial experienced serious adverse events – including deaths – at twice the rate of those on placebo, you would think that drug wouldn’t get approved by the FDA. Yet that’s the case with the Parkinson’s drug Nuplazid (pimavanserin). And the FDA has…

Why a Parkinson’s Drug Should Be Pulled From the Market

Since Nuplazid launched in June 2016, the FDA has received more than 700 reports of deaths linked to it. The FDA should pull this drug from the market. The FDA should be vigilant of new drugs approved, but especially so for those that are approved under an expedited or accelerated…

The Lowdown on New Drug for Parkinson’s Hallucinations, Delusions

The FDA on Friday, April 29, granted approvalto the first drug ever to treat the hallucinations and delusions that are seen in as many as 40% of people with Parkinson’s disease. While Nuplazid(pimavanserin) certainly meets an unmet medical need for this population, some questions remain over whether the medication is more…

New Clues to Easing Side Effects From Parkinson’s Drug

Levodopa is a widely used drug to treat stiffness, tremors and poor muscle control caused by Parkinson’s disease. However, the drug can also trigger uncontrolled movement — dyskinesia — which can significantly reduce a patient’s quality of life, according to researchers at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Via U.S. News…

Drugs for Parkinson’s: The Shocking Side Effects

There are 2 main categories of drugs for Parkinson’s Disease, and both have powerful side effects: levodopa, which makes many patients shaky with dyskinesia, and dopamine agonists, which can make turn people into gamblers, sex addicts or hit them with ‘sleep attacks’ — including when they’re driving. This is the…

Twitching From Parkinson’s or Levidopa?

Although there’s no cure for Parkinson’s Disease (PD), it’s not a death sentence. Despite the tremors, rigidity, fatigue and a potentially dramatic cycle of on and off periods in which one’s ability to move with ease is greatly affected, it is possible to live a fairly normal life — with…

Statins may not protect against Parkinson’s after all, study finds

Previously, studies have found that the cholesterol-lowering medications statins may offer protective benefits against Parkinson’s disease. However, a new study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found an increased long-term risk of Parkinson’s disease among statin users. Via Medical…