Prescribing pattern of anti-Parkinson drugs in Southern Italy: Cross-sectional analysis in the years 2003-2005

Gianluca Trifirò, Rodolfo Savica, Letterio Morgante, Nicola Vanacore, Michele Tari, Salvatore Moretti, Mariella Galdo, Edoardo Spina, Achille P. Caputi, Vincenzo Arcoraci

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Abstract

Aim of this study was to evaluate prevalence of use and prescribing pattern of Anti-Parkinson Drugs (APDs) in general practice of Southern Italy. Among 120,000 individuals registered in the lists of 93 general practitioners of Southern Italy, we estimated one-year prevalence and incidence of APD use in the years 2003-2005. Overall, prevalence of APD use remained stable over the years and it strongly increased in subjects over 70 years of age. L-Dopa with a dopa decarboxylase inhibitor was the most frequently prescribed APD, although the use of both ergot and non-ergot derivative DAs has increased, particularly, in the elderly. A high proportion of APD users (15-20%) received only one prescription during the study period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-425
Number of pages6
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Anti-Parkinson drugs
  • Dopamine agonist
  • Levodopa
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Prevalence of use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Trifirò, G., Savica, R., Morgante, L., Vanacore, N., Tari, M., Moretti, S., Galdo, M., Spina, E., Caputi, A. P., & Arcoraci, V. (2008). Prescribing pattern of anti-Parkinson drugs in Southern Italy: Cross-sectional analysis in the years 2003-2005. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 14(5), 420-425. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.parkreldis.2007.10.010