Botox… is to become available on the NHS to thousands of people whose lives are blighted by chronic migraines after a rethink by the drugs rationing body.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) is to recommend the injections as a treatment to stop headaches from developing in adults who are badly affected by migraines. In final draft guidance issued on Friday, Nice reversed its previous opposition to Botox being used for such patients. In February it said there was too little evidence to justify approving it.
But it is now backing the use of botulinum toxin type A in adults with chronic migraine whose condition has not been alleviated by taking at least three previous preventative medications and who are not overusing medication.
Areas to think about:
- What is NICE? How does it operate? Is it fair?
- What is Botox?
- What other NICE decisions have been overturned?