DBS in Early Parkinson’s Found to Lower Medication Use, Costs

DBS in Early Parkinson’s Found to Lower Medication Use, Costs

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DBS in Early Parkinson’s Found to Lower Medication Use, Costs

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in adults with early Parkinson’s reduces disease-specific medication use and provides significant cost savings, for up to 15 years, relative to standard care, a study shows. While these savings — just over $100,000 over 15 years — did not outweigh the costs of the surgical treatment, they do provide a partial cost offset. That may be sufficient, the researchers said, to consider DBS a cost-effective approach in this patient population, as previously…

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