Pioglitazine - University of Rochester


#1
Apparently this drug, usually used in the treatment of diabetes, seems to have some possible use in the treatment of PD. I've had an internet search but found little other than an ongoing trial in the USA,

Ayone know anything about it?

#2
Pioglitazone is a prescription drug that is used to treat diabetes.

It belongs to a family of drugs called thiazolidinediones (or TZDs for short) which have been identified as having potential for treating Parkinson's. And we are funding a research project at the University of London that is investigating this potential - you can read more about it here:

http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/PDF/G-1101_Duchen_plain_english_summary.pdf

At this stage, the researchers are looking at the effect of these type of drugs on cells grown in the lab.

And so far I don't think any results have been released from the US trials of pioglitazone in people with Parkinson's - so at this stage it's too soon to know if it will be beneficial.

If anything exciting does emerge we will let people know through our website and magazines.

I hope that this helps to answer your question.

Best wishes