If you suffer migraines at least 15 days a month and have pain lasting at least four hours each time, your insurance may pay for you to have Botox injections to bring relief. The FDA has recently approved Botox as an injectable solution to migraine headaches when injected into the face and neck every three months.
You may have read that Allergan, the makers of Botox, were sued by the Feds for their previous unauthorized promotion of Botox for cerebral palsy and headaches between the years 2000 and 2005. The firm accepted the determination and paid the government $350 million plus $25 million in assets, along with an agreement for monitoring. In light of the fact that stock analysts estimate the revenue from this new approval for Botox will be in the billions, that’s a small price for Allergan to pay.
Two studies show proof that it works. In one, men and women suffering with chronic migraines reported 9 fewer migraines a month, compared with those who were given a placebo injection, who reported only 6.7 fewer migraines a month. That’s about a 30% difference. Allergan funded its own study which showed its users having 7.8 average fewer headaches per month compared with those getting the placebo, who reported only 6.4 fewer days of headaches a month.
Caroline Van Hove, Allergan spokeswoman, believes that health insurance companies will cover use of the drug because “this is a population that hasn’t responded to any of the conventional treatments.” Botox has already been approved for migraine treatment in the UK and Allergan is anticipating more approvals in the rest of Europe and Canada yet this year.
We provide this service for those of you suffering from migraines, so pick up the phone and put a stop to your chronic migraine headaches. Share the word with friends, family and co-workers and schedule time with us to treat this problem. You’ll feel so much better.