More than three quarters of new drugs approved in Australia for Parkinson, the degenerative disease, have been approved for humans, according to a new survey.
Key points:More than a third of approved drugs approved to treat Parkinson’s in Australia are for humansThis is the highest number since 2009The drugs have been given a new target date of May 2020The report shows that the number of people receiving the drugs has been rising steadily in AustraliaA total of 1,826 people have been treated with these drugs in Australia in the past year, and the number who have died from the disease is at its highest since 2009, according the report.
“This report is about encouraging and supporting people to get on with their lives and their lives will benefit from the progress made,” Professor John McQuaid, of the University of Adelaide, said.
The number of approved new drugs has steadily risen, reaching a peak of 1.1 million in 2015, according a report published on Tuesday by the Australian and New Zealand Government.
The report by the National Centre for Health Statistics, also known as NCHS, found that Australia is the only country to have had no fewer than 3,000 people receive a drug in their lifetime, with a record number of drugs approved for the disease being given the target date for May 2020.
There are currently about 1.3 million people in Australia aged 65 and over with Parkinson’s.
While the number is lower than it was in 2009, there is a noticeable increase in the number receiving drugs.
More than half (54 per cent) of people approved in this time have been people aged 65 or older.
This means more than 80 per cent of people with Parkinson are receiving drugs for the condition.
“What we see is that more people are on the treatment pathway, which is good,” Professor McQuain said.
“There is a lot of good news and there are a lot more drugs available for Parkinson than there were a couple of years ago.”
Professor McQuare said there were also a number of new medications that are making a difference, but they are far too few to make a big difference.
“Some people are starting to use these drugs and have been doing so for a while and then suddenly they become an outbreak,” he said.”[But] the drugs that are going to be needed are still far from being used in people with the condition.”
Dr James Stoddart, from the University and an expert in Parkinson’s, said the drug approvals were a good sign.
“The number that are approved in the first year is probably about the same as the number that have been used for years,” he told the ABC.
“And there are now fewer people in the population that have the disease, so that is encouraging.”
We are very happy to see the number go up and we hope that will continue for some time.
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