BC PharmaCare should fund DUODOPA therapy urgently needed by British Columbians
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Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) and the Parkinson's community are seeking support for the funding of DUODOPA® therapy under BC PharmaCare for people with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). The drug is publicly funded in many other Canadian provinces/territories (read more), putting British Columbians living with this condition at a detrimental disadvantage by denying them access to a life-changing therapy.
We encourage those who are not familiar with this therapy and disease to view our advocacy video and read more details on our website at: http://www.parkinson.bc.ca/DUODOPA. The two patients in this video are part of a handful of British Columbians who are in desperate need of relief.
Yes, DUODOPA® is expensive. It is offered at a cost of $60,000 per year per patient; however, there are very few patients in British Columbia requiring the therapy. The Movement Disorders Clinic at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia, estimates there are currently 10 to 12 patients requiring urgent access to this drug. In receiving the DUODOPA® therapy, patients will experience considerable relief of pain; have better control over severe and dangerous balance issues; be removed from the fear of breathing and swallowing issues; and be provided with support with other non-movement (non-motor) problems. The payoff for the health care system will be fewer hospitalizations, fewer emergency visits and avoidance of early admissions to long term care.
For a number of these patients, access to DUODOPA® therapy has become a life or death issue and a palliative measure. Please join us in urging BC PharmaCare to fund this therapy at least on a case-by-case basis.
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