Had an MRI today and finished my clinical trial with Allergan. I don't directly know if I got the placebo or not. However, each time I had a migraine and I took the medicine, which is a monoclonal antibody, my migraine went away within two hours without any side effects.
This medicine blocks the function of a small protein that widens blood vessels and helps transmit pain signals throughout the body. This protein is called CGRP.
Monoclonal drugs are made from living cells. They are expensive to produce and they’re expected to have hefty prices. In fact, some of the priciest drugs on the market today are monoclonal antibodies. For instance, Genentech’s Avastin, which is used to treat cancer, can cost $50,000 a year. Alexion’s Soliris, which treats a rare immune disorder, has been dubbed by Forbesas "the world’s single most expensive drug" and can cost as much as $400,000 a year.
This saving grace migraine medicine is likely to be priced around $8,000 to $10,000 a year. Other experts estimated prices as high as $20,000 a year. #migraine #migraineawareness #migrainerelief #expensive