Principal Investigators

    Gray, Richard


    University of Birmingham

    Contact information of lead PI


    United Kingdom

    Title of project or programme

    A large randomised assessment of the relative cost-effectiveness of different classes of drugs for Parkinson's disease (PD MED)

    Source of funding information


    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 3,363,030

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years


    The project/programme is most relevant to:

    Parkinson's disease & PD-related disorders


    Research Abstract

    Clinical trials comparing different classes of Parkinson’s disease drugs have been too small for reliable conclusions, have used inappropriate surrogate endpoints, and follow-up has been too short to evaluate long-term benefits and toxicity. This large (5000 patient), pragmatic, ‘real-life’ randomised trial addresses four fundamental, unanswered questions about PD treatment: what are the costs and benefits of: LD-sparing therapy (DA or MAOB inhibitors) compared to LD alone in initial treatment; DAs compared to MAOB inhibitors as initial LD-sparing therapy; DAs compared to DDIs (COMT or MAOB inhibitors) when motor fluctuations develop on LD alone; COMT inhibitors compared to MAOB inhibitors as DDI in advanced disease. Two separate 3-way randomisations allow classes of treatments for early and advanced disease to be investigated. Secondary objectives are to identify factors that might predict response to particular classes of drug and to provide a large collaborative framework within which other studies – in particular of neurosurgery and genetics – can be undertaken.

    Lay Summary

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Types: Investments > €500k
Member States: United Kingdom
Diseases: Parkinson's disease & PD-related disorders
Years: 2016
Database Categories: N/A
Database Tags: N/A

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