Monday, October 17, 2011

FDA panel unanimously votes down Parkinson's drug- Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal health panel unanimously voted Monday that a drug for Parkinson's disease from Teva Pharmaceuticals has not been shown to slow progress of the debilitating neurological disease.

Teva's drug Azilect is already approved to treat symptoms of Parkinson's, which causes tremors, muscle stiffness and a host of other movement problems.

The Israeli drugmaker has asked the Food and Drug Administration to expand approval so that Azilect can be prescribed to slow the underlying disease. Currently no treatments are approved for that use.

But the FDA's panel of outside experts voted 17-0 against recommending approval for that use, saying the company's clinical study results were not convincing.

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