USA approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

The FDA has approved the first drug to prevent migraines

The FDA has approved the first drug to prevent migraines

It's the first in an entirely new class of drugs created to block the activity of a specific peptide known to activate migraines that has been cleared for public use by the agency.

The drug named, Aimovig is given on a monthly basis by self-injections and will be priced at Dollars 6,900 annually or USD 575 monthly. Developed by Novartis and Amgen, Aimovig will go on sale in the United States within a week at a cost of $575 for a once-a-month self-administered injection, according to one of the companies.

US President Donald Trump last week blasted drugmakers and healthcare "middlemen" for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans as the administration said it would act to boost competition between pharmaceutical companies and test ways to pay for drugs based on their effectiveness. The condition is three times more common among women than men. Professionals the FDA approved a prophylactic, which affects the peptide calcitonin, a molecule which is involved in the formation of headaches.

Migraines can cause disabling symptoms: throbbing headaches, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

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After successful and safe clinical trials, the FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind migraine preventative medicine.

The first study included 955 participants with a history of episodic migraine and compared Aimovig to placebo. However, there were side-effects too - namely injection-site reactions and constipation.

"Aimovig provides patients with a novel option for reducing the number of days with migraine", said Eric Bastings, a deputy director in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

People with migraine tend to have recurring attacks triggered by a number of different factors, including stress, hormonal changes, bright or flashing lights, lack of food or sleep and diet.

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