CNN reports at least 700 patients have died after using Parkinson’s drug to treat disease related psychosis
On April 9, CNN reported hundreds of patients have died while taking the drug Nuplazid, a drug meant to control Parkinson’s disease psychosis. According to the CNN story, hundreds of patients have died while a significant number of other patients are not receiving any benefit from the drug.
The most recent data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported more than 700 people taking Nuplazid have died. It is not clear from the article if the drug is associated with a higher than normal death rate, but Acadia, the company that produces the drug, has stated the deaths among patients taking Nuplazid is lower than the average rate among patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease psychosis.
Approximately 20% of patients with Parkinson’s disease suffer from hallucinations and delusions. Acadia reports the death rate is less than half the normal rate of Parkinson’s patients suffering from psychosis. Regardless, many feel the drug was approved too rapidly, including some members of the FDA that helped approve the drug. CNN reported the FDA committee voted 12-2 in favor of approving Nuplazid for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis based on only a 6-week trial of only 200 patients.
Researchers interviewed by CNN said the FDA needs to request additional studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of the drug. However, because the drug has already been approved it could take years before any additional action is taken.
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