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VICTORY! The Ministry of Health announced on December 10, 2020 that they will be removing the annual limit on the number of British Columbians who can receive Duodopa® therapy. Learn more.

Duodopa® is used to treat patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who have severe and disabling motor symptoms that cannot be well controlled with available combinations of medications. It is a levodopa and carbidopa drug combination delivered in the form of a gel through an intestinal pump.

The therapy enables people to live independently in their own homes for many more years. For a young person, it means greater employment options or the opportunity to go back to work. For an older person, life at home continues instead of disabling symptoms forcing an individual into long term care or hospitalization. Furthermore, it can provide relief to caregivers by reducing their responsibilities in the role, improving their own health and offering more flexible employment options. 

This drug has been approved by Health Canada, and as of December 10, 2020, is covered under BC PharmaCare's Special Authority. While the cost of the drug is $60,000 per year, there are very few patients in BC that will be good candidates for this therapy. It is the only hope that these few patients have of avoiding the progression of their symptoms. It is also an opportunity for the BC Government to minimize or avoid costs for home care, emergency services, hospitalization and/or long term care. 

For questions related to Duodopa, or other advocacy initiatives through Parkinson Society BC, please contact Jean Blake, CEO at jblake@parkinson.bc.ca, 604-662-3240 ext. 234, or 1-800-668-3330. 


Media Coverage

  • February 15, 2017 - CFJC Today 
    Parkinson's patients in Kamloops applaud B.C. funding for duodopa
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - Kelowna Now
    Health Ministry working to cover Parkinson's medication
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - CBC News
    B.C. government to cover expensive Parkinson's treatment family has pleaded for
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - The Province
    Hope man thrilled with government decision to cover expensive Parkinson's drug therapy 
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - Global News
    Government will fund Parkinson's drug
    [view video]
  • February 14, 2017 - Vancouver Sun
    Hope man thrilled with government decision to cover expensive Parkinson's drug therapy
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - CTV News
    B.C. to fund pricey Parkinson's drug treatment
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - CTV News Vancouver Island
    'Best news in the whole world': B.C. announces coverage of Parkinson's drug
    [view video]
  • February 14, 2017 - The Now (Surrey); Rossland News; Agassiz Harrison Observer
    Costly Parkinson's treatment to be covered for 'small group' of British Columbians
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - CKNW New Talk AM980; AM730; iNews880AM
    Expensive Parkinson's treatment now covered by PharmaCare
    [view story]
  • February 14, 2017 - GlobalNews.ca
    B.C. Health Ministry will cover Parkinson's medication Duodopa
    [view video]
  • February 14, 2017 - Government of British Columbia
    Health Ministry to cover Parkinson's medication
    [view press release]
  • February 10, 2017 - CTV News Vancouver Island
    Woman's emotional plea for Parkinson's drug to be brought up at BC Legislature
    [view video]
  • February 9, 2017 - CTV News Vancouver Island
    Families in other provinces say drug is a miracle
    [view video]
  • February 9, 2017 - CTV News Vancouver Island
    'Game-changer' Parkinson's drug not covered in B.C. helping other Canadians
    [view video]
  • February 6, 2017 - CTV News
    Offers pour in for Parkinson's patient
    [view video]
  • February 3, 2017 - CTV News
    'I don't want to die': B.C. woman living with Parkinson's wants therapy approved
    [view video]
  • January 31, 2017 - Global BC
    Parkinson's patients want funding for expensive drug
    [view video]
  • December 29, 2016 - CBC
    Victoria family makes emotional plea for coverage of Parkinson's drug
    [view story]
  • December 23, 2016 - Global BC
    Family battles the government to get Parkinson's drug covered
    [view video]
  • May 12, 2016 - Langley Times 
    Langley woman only Parkinson's patient in B.C. to have special medicine
    [view story]
  • April 12, 2016 - 24 Hours Vancouver 
    BC Asked to fund rare Parkinson's treatment
    [view story]

Associated Research

  • View the research published in The Lancet Neurology that evaluated the efficacy of levodopa-carbidopa delivered as an intestinal gel [read study summary].

Campaign Resources

  • Watch the advocacy video that helped secure access to Duodopa therapy through BC PharmaCare in February 2017.

Other Resources

  • Our Papa, DUODOPA and Parkinson's (December 2016)
    This video features the grandchildren of a person with Parkinson's who is in need of DUODOPA treatment in BC to improve his quality of life
    [watch the video