National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Not Convinced Allergan Inc.'s Botox Can be Used for Migraines

Published: Feb 16, 2012

Allergan Inc. (AGN) needs to provide more information on its wrinkle-smoother Botox as a treatment for chronic migraine headaches, the U.K.’s health-cost agency said. More information is needed because the benefit demonstrated by clinical trials is small and the results may have been biased, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence said in a statement today. Trial participants may have known they were getting Botox rather than a placebo because of the muscle paralysis it causes, the agency said. “Without this additional evidence, potentially we will be unable to advise the National Health Service that this drug is good value for money,” Carole Longson, director of NICE’s Health Technology Evaluation Centre, said in the statement.

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