A common diabetes drug called Exenatide could be beneficial for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, new research suggests.
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Doctors believe a drug used to treat diabetes could significantly help people suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
Tests on the drug are still in their very early stages, but initial results suggest it might combat aspects of the physical degeneration caused by the disease.
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Parkinson's UK have said it is "too soon to know effects" the common diabetes drug Exenatide will have on the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
– Claire Bale, Research Communications Manager at Parkinson’s UK
This new research is a huge step forward in the on-going fight to find a drug which can slow down, or even halt, the progression of Parkinson's.
Despite these encouraging results, it is simply too soon to tell whether this drug is a blind alley or a breakthrough for people with Parkinson's.
The research was conducted in a very small number of people and, crucially, without a placebo group – making it difficult to draw too many firm conclusions at this stage.
We look forward to seeing the results of a much larger trial to fully examine the usefulness of exenatide for people with Parkinson's.
A diabetes drug called Exenatide could be beneficial for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, new research has found.
– Professor Roger Barker, University of Cambridge
This new study is perhaps more noteworthy for the approach it has taken with respect to the clinical trial design.
All of this was done in a modest number of patients and the results compared with a matched control arm that received best medical therapy.
Using this approach they found a signal of effect that suggested that the drug may well be slowing down the disease process.
All of which is good news not only for patients with PD but for us all, as we seek to explore how drugs already out there could be repositioned.