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Permax (pergolide) and generic equivalents

Audience: Neurologists, other healthcare professionals, consumers

[Posted 03/29/2007] FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that companies that manufacture and distribute pergolide have agreed to withdraw the drug from the market. Pergolide is a dopamine agonist (DA) used with levodopa and carbidopa to manage the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Results of two new studies showed that some patients with Parkinson's disease treated with pergolide had serious damage to their heart valves when compared to patients who did not receive the drug. These two studies confirm earlier studies that also describe this problem. Patients currently taking pergolide should contact their healthcare professional about alternate treatments and not abruptly stop taking their medication. Healthcare professionals should assess their patient's need for DA therapy. If continued treatment with a DA is needed, another DA should be substituted for pergolide.

[March 29, 2007 - Public Health Advisory - FDA]