Wednesday, March 29, 2023

FDA approves first fast-acting nasal spray for migraines

In the shower questionImage: Pfizer

Migraine sufferers know they have a long way to go. Migraines are not really headaches. Until now, medicine has relieved patients with oral medications whose actions were not immediate.

And this is in which company, which we know for sure, has recently appeared. Pfizer, which has graced the front pages of newspapers for months as we battle the Covid pandemic around the world, says it has a drug under the name Zavzpret on its hands that could relieve migraine pain in as little as 15 minutes.

Not only that. The pharmaceutical giant has confirmed that the product, a rapid nasal spray, will be available in pharmacies in early July of this year, and the United States Food and Drug Administration has just declared its approval, at which time Pfizer’s commercial director Angela Hwang explained the following statement;

The FDA approval of Zavzpret marks a significant development for migraineurs who need to be pain-free and prefer an oral medication option.

Apparently, a phase 3 study was conducted where they saw that the drug could relieve some migraine sufferers in a very short period of time. Kathleen Mullin, associate medical director of the New England Institute of Neurology and Headache, explained to Pfizer:

As a rapidly absorbed nasal spray, Zavzpret offers a treatment option for people who need pain relief or are unable to take oral medication due to nausea or vomiting.

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The pharmacist says the study, published in The Lancet Neurology, was double-blinded in a sample of 1,405 people, half of whom took a single dose of the aerosol, and the rest received a placebo.

What has happened? The shower was found to significantly reduce pain. Approximately 24% of people who took a single 10-milligram dose of Zavzpret said they were pain-free after two hours, compared to 15% of the group who took a nasal spray without any active ingredients, a statistically significant difference.

On the other hand, the main side effect reported in studies was altered taste, which affected about 1 in 5 people taking the drug. Another side effect was nasal discomfort and nausea.

As the researchers explain in their studies, Zavzpret offers a treatment option for people who need pain relief or who cannot take oral medication due to nausea or vomiting, a formulation to quickly return to normal function.

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