Drug for Parkinson's Disease Linked to Heart Valve Damage

:DOPAMINE -- Agonists
PARKINSON'S disease -- Treatment
HEART valves -- Diseases
ELI Lilly & Co.
UNITED States. Food & Drug Administration
Geographic Terms:UNITED States

Abstract:The article focuses on the cardiovascular risks associated with the drug Permax®, manufactured by Eli Lilly & Co. It reports that the drug is a dopamine agonist and is used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). It mentions several studies showing an association between the drug and the valvular heart disease. It also discusses the decision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to take drug off the market, after reports of high valve leakage rates in PD patients.

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