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Mississippi Exec Angela Ladner with friends and members pausing for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot chocolate provided by the hotel each night! Yummy!!
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FDA Approves First Medication for Psychosis Associated With Parkinson’s Disease
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday
Nuplazid (pimavanserin) tablets, the first medication approved in the United States to treat psychosis in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Although Parkinson’s disease is recognized as a movement disorder, the disease is sometimes preceded and frequently accompanied by other cognitive and psychiatric features. Some studies suggest that up to 50% of all patients with Parkinson’s disease will experience hallucinations or delusions at some time during the course of their illness—believed to be in part due to the elevated dopamine levels produced by common Parkinson’s disease medications.
Efforts to treat PDP with antipsychotics commonly prescribed for schizophrenia to date have proven mostly futile (PDP patients taking clozapine experienced worsening Parkinson’s disease symptoms; PDP patients taking quetiapine experienced fewer side effects, but the medication has yet to be proven to be more effective than placebo in these patients). However, pimavanserin is a selective-serotonin inverse agonist that preferentially targets 5-HT2A receptors, while avoiding activity at dopamine and other receptors commonly targeted by antipsychotics.
The FDA’s decision to approve pimavanserin was based on the results of a
in which adults with PDP were randomly assigned to take 40 mg of pimavanserin or placebo daily for six weeks. Patients taking pimavanserin experienced fewer and less severe hallucinations and delusions without worsening the primary motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The most...
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