B.C. government will fund $60,000 Parkinson’s drug treatment

B.C. funds $60,000 Parkinson's treatment

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says it will fund an expensive medication for some people who have Parkinson’s disease.

Health Minister Terry Lake says the government will work with the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre to identify and prioritize patients for the medication Duodopa.

Lake says there have been strong testimonials and compelling accounts of the drug improving symptoms and quality of life for patients, but it comes at a cost of about $60,000 per person annually.

He says the government is also working with the drug maker to attempt to bring the cost down so that more people can be covered.

The drug hasn’t gone through the common review process and wasn’t recommended for coverage, but Lake says with the coverage on an exceptional basis, they are offering an additional option for families facing the disease.

He says about a dozen people have been identified so far who may benefit from the drug and they are limited in their ability to cover the annual cost.

“It’s very expensive, as a lot of new drugs are, which is why we continue to work with the company to try to get the costs down. I think there’s a lot of work to do with pharmaceutical companies across Canada, and in fact North America, to reduce the cost of some of these drugs and to have more people benefit from them.”


The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Telephone poles placed in centre of sidewalk angers West Kelowna watchdog

Audience Group calls placement of poles in new Boucherie Road upgrade project ‘idiocy’

Kelowna asking public to help update its Cultural Plan

Second survey this year to posted to gather public input about cultural programs and services

Three candidates drop out of Central Okanagan municipal election

Two running for Peachland/OK West trustee and OK East rural director candidate step aside

West Kelowna water warning downgraded

City lowers boil water notice for Lakeview water system to a water quality advisory

Ancestral remains uncovered at Fintry to be reburied

Remains found along Shorts Creek in Fintry Provincial Park during flood remediation measures

Your weekend weather update

Rain continues to move right across the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

Low risk associated with case of pneumococcal disease in the South Okanagan

No identified risk to the public from recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Most Read