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Here is an article that was found at http://www.dentalplans.com/articles/23037/

A skin patch seems to relieve the symptoms of people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, giving doctors hope of a new option for controlling this progressive disease.
The new treatment, called the Neupro patch, was developed by Schwarz Pharma and is currently approved in Europe and waiting for approval in the United States. It works by delivering the anti-Parkinson’s drug, rotigotine, through the skin. Most other Parkinson’s treatments come in the form of pills and should be taken at specific times of the day. Therefore, the ability to put on a patch once a day may eliminate some of the complications found when patients cannot adhere to a rigorous pill routine.

“For clinicians and people with Parkinson’s, this is a new and simple way of delivering a dopamine agonist,” said Dr. K. Ray Chaudhuri, consultant neurologist at University Hospital Lewisham in London, in a press release announcing this new drug. “It has the potential to overcome many of the problems associated with oral administration and may well prove to be one of the most effective methods of delivering a steady and continuous dose.”

Parkinson’s disease occurs when the body produces too little dopamine, a chemical in the brain, making it difficult for the brain and nervous system to work effectively. This leads to the jerky movements seen in patients with the disease. Most anti-Parkinson’s drugs, therefore, mimic dopamine to allow the patient to better control movements.

A study, published in the journal Neurology, included 277 patients in Canada and the United States with early-stage Parkinson’s disease. Some patients were given the Neupro patch, while other received a placebo.

The patients who used the patch found that their symptoms were improved after six months of treatment, while those on the placebo reported that their symptoms got worse without treatment.

The patch was not compared to the pills currently used to treat Parkinson’s, so no direct comparison can be made.

Has anyone heard anything about this or know anyone who has tried it?

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I would like to extend a warm welcome to members of the North Florida Parkinsons Awareness Group and to those who found us while searching for Parkinsons related information and research. The NFPAG is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida and serves North Florida, South Georgia and Southeastern Alabama.

This website is designed to act as a central point of information for the NFPAG. Members are encouraged to pass along information and share thoughts or ideas in order to make the website a valuable tool from which we can all benefit. The plan is to have an up to date site filled with information including,

  • Meeting minutes
  • Member Info and Feedback
  • Notification of NFPAG events
  • Info on the latest Clinical Trials and Medications
  • News of legislation with an impact on Parkinsons
  • Exercise Ideas
  • Recipes and Nutritional Planning

These are just a few areas that we can touch on. Member participation and knowledge sharing will be an important part of the NFPAG and this website will help us get our ideas out to all.

If you have any ideas or comments please send me email at nfpag1@gmail.com .

Thank you for your participation and help!

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