UCB receives FDA approval for Neupro to treat idiopathic Parkinson's, RLS

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UCB announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Neupro® (Rotigotine Transdermal System) for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of advanced stage idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and as a treatment for moderate-to-severe primary Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Neupro® was previously approved by the FDA for the signs and symptoms of early stage idiopathic PD. Neupro® is a dopamine agonist patch that provides continuous drug delivery for patients with PD and RLS. The FDA has also approved UCB's new formulation of Neupro®.    

"Neupro® represents an innovation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome," said Prof. Dr. Iris Loew-Friedrich, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Projects and Development at UCB. "UCB is thrilled to make Neupro® available to patients living with these serious diseases."

"RLS can be a serious condition with symptoms that affect patients during the day as well as at night; and Parkinson's disease symptoms can have a broad impact on patients. Neupro® provides a novel way of treating RLS and PD through continuous transdermal dopaminergic delivery. It can help patients manage the unpredictable nature of these chronic conditions," said William Ondo, M.D., Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

As a PD treatment, the mechanism of action of Neupro® is thought to be related to its ability to stimulate dopamine receptors within the caudate-putamen, the region of the brain that regulates movement. Similarly, in RLS, the mechanism of action of Neupro® may be related to its ability to stimulate dopamine receptors. The precise mechanism of action of Neupro as a treatment for these diseases is unknown.    



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