Botox for migraine now on PBS

The prescription drug is now subsidised for adults who suffer headaches at least 15 days a month with migraines on at least eight of those days. Chronic migraine is estimated to affect 450,000 Australians and can lead to depression, anxiety and loss of income due to time off work.

Patients must also have unsuccessfully tried at least three other preventive medications and will require a referral to a neurologist to receive injections into their head and neck every 12 weeks. 

Melbourne neurologist Dr Richard Stark said the injections will be given in 31 spots across seven sites on the forehead, temples and back of the head.

Dr Stark said patients who suffer frequent migraine attacks but are unresponsive to other therapies should be referred to a neurologist for diagnosis and a preventive treatment plan.

“These patients really need to be assessed and consideration given as to whether prophylactic treatment would be more