WASHINGTON – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on Thursday a new drug for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults.
“Aimovig,” with generic name “erenumab-aooe,” is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks.
The treatment is given by monthly self-injections.
“Aimovig provides patients with a novel option for reducing the number of days with migraine,” said Eric Bastings, deputy director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We need new treatments for this painful and often debilitating condition.”
Patients often describe migraine headache pain as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head.
Approximately one-third of affected individuals can predict the onset of a migraine because it is preceded by transient sensory or visual disturbances that appear as flashing lights, zig-zag lines, or a temporary loss of vision.
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.
Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide.
The effectiveness of Aimovig for the preventive treatment of migraine was evaluated in three clinical trials. (Xinhua)