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Parkinson's Disease: Drugs

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL3850, tabled on 17 December 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease have access to a full range of treatment options.

Answered on

5 January 2015

Parkinson’s disease: Diagnosis and management in primary and secondary care, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2006 sets out a range of treatment options for Parkinson’s disease.

Treatments for Parkinson’s disease are largely drug based. The NICE guidance states that patient preference should be taken into account, once they have been informed of the short and long-term benefits and drawbacks of the different types of drugs available. The guidance makes it clear that other supportive treatments may also be appropriate. These can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.