UCB announced today that the FDA has 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.