Circuits of the basal ganglia in Parkinson's disease, Image via Wikipedia
With February upon us, I had hoped for good news for those PWP (people with Parkinson’s Disease ) who use the Neupro patch which is manufactured by UCB . But here we are, past the beginning of 2011 and we still don’t have approval from the U.S. FDA for the patch.
To say this is frustrating and disappointing is an understatement. We have watched and waited for 2 years for this medicine to re-gain approval by the FDA. The bureaucracy our Government has thrust upon us with the FDA is beyond absurd.
This drug has not caused any deaths. It is used internationally by over 50,000 people with little or no side effects or incidents. The only reason that UCB recalled the Neupro patch is because of the crystals formed on the patch when cold storage was not used. The crystals did not reduce the efficacy or delivery of the drug to me in any way.
It’s almost time for me to give up hope of having this drug approved. I’m still in the Phase 4 trial of the Neupro patch, and am thankful that I am able to wear it each day. However, I still have concerns for many of you who do not have access to this successful medication.
God have mercy on us and I pray for a resolution and approval of this drug by the FDA in 2011.