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Novartis Launches Free Informational Kit for People with Parkinson’s

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, maker of the combination tablet Stalevo (carbidopa, levodopa and entacapone) has launched, in conjunction with the StEP (Stalevo Educational Programs) initiative, a new resource for the Parkinson’s community called the “Managing Parkinson’s Disease Kit”. The kit includes three patient education booklets for people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers: “Living with Parkinson’s Disease”; “Coping with Parkinson’s Disease” and “Taking Control”. Also included is a glossary of terms and a 30-minute exercise video. The materials in the kit are intended to help people with Parkinson’s manage their disease in the best way possible. Topics covered include handling lifestyle changes (such as diet and exercise), medical treatments for Parkinson’s, and recognizing common challenges of the disease (such as “wearing-off”).

The kit was created by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which fully sponsored its development and production. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and several other major national Parkinson’s organizations – including the American Parkinson Disease Association, the National Parkinson Foundation and the Parkinson Alliance – were invited to support the materials with comments and reviews. Robin Elliott, Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, said “We were delighted to help the Novartis team bring these new materials to fruition. The new patient education kit is a welcome addition to help patients, families and caregivers manage Parkinson’s and a solid example of how partnerships with advocacy groups and industry can benefit the patient community.”

For more information or to order a free kit, call (866) STEP-KIT or visit www.stepkit.net.

Source Date: May 18 2004