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Parkinson's drug pulled off market

A drug used to treat Parkinson's disease is being pulled off the market after reports of heart valve damage were released, Associated Press reported.

The Food and Drug Administration announced pergolide, sold under the name Permax is being taken off the market because at least 14 patients have needed their heart valves replaced.

Robert Temple, head of FDA's Office of Drug Evaluation, said people shouldn't go off of the drug right away, but should phase themselves into alternative medicines, Reuters reported.

The drug has about 12,000 and 25,000 presriptions a year.

The Reuters article was very brief but a bit confusing. The AP article was concise.