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Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre

SUCCESS! The BC government has approved coverage for DUODOPA therapy for Parkinson's patients! Wonderful News.Thank you and Congratulations to all who were involved in bringing this issue to light.

Ministry of Health

NEWS RELEASE

Health Ministry to cover Parkinson's medication

VICTORIA - In recognition of the challenges faced by British Columbians with Parkinson's disease, the Ministry of Health will be working with the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre to identify and prioritize patients for coverage of the medication Duodopa.

"We have been in discussion with the Parkinson Society British Columbia and the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre about this treatment, and they have shared strong testimonials and compelling accounts of the drug improving symptoms and quality of life for some patients," said Health Minister Terry Lake.

Physicians at the centre, which is part of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia, will identify suitable patients and submit requests for PharmaCare coverage under the ministry's Special Authority program. Coverage is expected to be provided to a small number of patients who are clinically appropriate and may benefit from the treatment, and for whom other options like deep-brain stimulation surgery are not feasible.

"Through a rigorous drug review process, our goal under the PharmaCare program is to find the best treatment options while still maintaining value for dollar for British Columbians," said Lake. "We understand that quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease can be a significant challenge. With introduction of coverage on an exceptional basis, we are offering an additional option for families facing this terrible disease."

Duodopa is a gel-form combination of two medications, levodopa and carbidopa, administered directly to the small intestine through a surgically placed tube. Pharmacare also already covers the oral form of levodopa/carbidopa.

Due to the very high cost of this drug, the Ministry of Health has been in discussions with AbbVie, the manufacturer of Duodopa, to explore ways to make the product more affordable.

The ministry will also be reviewing the use of deep-brain stimulation surgery for severe and complex Parkinson's patients, compared to Duodopa.

B.C.'s PharmaCare is one of the most comprehensive drug programs in Canada, and covers approximately 12 drugs proven to be effective for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Learn more:

For more information about B.C.'s PharmaCare program: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/pharmacare-for-bc-residents


The Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre Society is a vibrant and welcoming non-profit society whose purpose is to strengthen clients', families' and communities' ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson's and epilepsy.

Parkinson's and epilepsy are unrelated conditions. Sharing administrative resources allows us to provide more cost-effective service to residents of Victoria, surrounding municipalities, the Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands.

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What can we offer you?

Our professional staff can help you and your family to:

  • Learn powerful ways to take action and reduce the impact of Parkinson's and epilepsy
  • Make the best use of limited time with your doctor
  • Link you to quality sources of information and the latest research
  • Connect with others who understand your situation

We do this by:

Our professional staff can help you and your family to:

  • Providing confidential individual consultations tailored to your unique needs
  • Collaborating with local and mainland health care providers to improve care
  • Organizing practical programs and meetings to help you live life to the fullest
  • Tracking and publishing the latest medical breakthroughs, research and online links
  • Offering free public information sessions to educate our community
  • Maintaining a lending library of current brochures, books, CDs and DVDs

 

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