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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Migraine sufferers on Thursday got some relief from US regulators who approved the first of a new class of drugs for migraine prevention.The United States Food and Drug Administration said it endorsed Aimovig for prevention of migraine in adults, through monthly self-injections.Aimovig is the first in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule involved in migraine attacks, the FDA said in a statement.“Aimovig provides patients with a novel option for reducing the number of days with migraine,” said Eric Bastings, a deputy director in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.“We need new treatments for this painful and often debilitating condition.”Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 per cent of people worldwide.The FDA issued its approval to California-based Amgen Inc, which has been collaborating with Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis to develop and commercialise treatments for migraine and Alzheimer’s.Aimovig is expected to be available to patients within one week and is listed at a price of US$6,900 annually, Amgen said in a statement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS unveils new plan to fight drugs in the CaribbeanJanuary 17, 2015In “Business”Over 238 arrested, 2,200 kg of narcotics seized in Haiti anti-drug effortSeptember 24, 2013In “Crime”Treatment against blindness to sell for US$850k in USJanuary 3, 2018In “World” read more