It’s about time

What do Michael J. Fox, Billy Graham and Billy Connolly (funny dude, swears a lot) have in common? Well, two things. One, Parkinson’s Disease and two, they finally have a new treatment option. That’s right, the US FDA has approved the first new Parkinson’s treatment in over a decade. Europe gave the thumbs up in 2015, but the FDA has been dragging its feet since 2010. The reluctance to green light it had something to do with abuse liability and withdrawal effects. Apparently, these aren’t issues in 2017. Patients receiving Newron’s drug, Xadago, experienced more “on” time (less uncontrollable, involuntary movement) when taken with the current treatment. With expected annual sales of $450M and heavy US contribution, expect to see a US celebrity face put to it soon.