Novartis, Amgen set low price for first CGRP migraine drug

Migraine is three times more common among women than men

The companies announced Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it the all-clear. Aimovig can help in the prevention of a migraine by interviewing with the calcitonin gene-related peptide that is actively involved in the process that can eliminate a migraine that takes place because of blood vessel dilation in the brain.

Amgen Inc won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday for the first drug in a new class created to prevent migraine headaches in adults.

"Cluster headache can be hard to evaluate in clinical studies, which has contributed to few available treatment options for clusterheadache, often considered the most severe pain one can experience", noted Christi Shaw, president of Lilly Bio-Medicines, in the release.

Amgen made a statement where they mentioned that the new drug Aimovig is expected to be available to the local people within a week or less and is listed at the price of $6,900 annually.

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Companies including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Eli Lilly & Co are developing similar treatments.

The second three-month trial included 577 episodic migraine patients, where patients experienced on average one fewer migraine day per month than those on placebo.

Amgen and Novartis are committed to supporting the migraine community and to helping appropriate patients with affordable access to Aimovig. But it's known well among the migraine-afflicted that there is not medicine to treat or prevent these severely debilitating episodes that some patients can see coming. Dr. Eric Bastings being the Deputy head of the Division of neurologic products at FDA, said that with the new drug Aimovig many patients will be able to minimize the days with the headaches.

The approval for sale in the European Union is expected in the next few months.

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The effectiveness of Aimovig for the preventive treatment of migraine was evaluated in three clinical trials. Aimovig has shown effective results in patients with chronic and episodic migraine problems and has reduced the headache by 99.9% at the first use.

Amgen's pricing strategy "appears to play into (an) appropriate framework of lower gross pricing", Jefferies analyst Michael Yee said in a research note.

The new treatment, a monthly injection, is called Aimovig.

The most common side effects that patients in the clinical trials reported were injection site reactions and constipation.

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