Neurologist and GP in $12 million settlement over migraine drug

A Canberra woman who claimed that overprescribing of the migraine drug methysergide (Deseril) caused her stroke has settled a case against a GP, neurologist and hospital for $12 million.

The woman alleged that doctors had breached their duty of care by leaving her on the vasoconstrictor drug without a break for four years.

Because of its propensity to cause fibrosis and vasoconstriction, methysergide is not recommended for continuous use, and the product information advises a four-week ‘drug holiday’ every six months.

In a case heard in the ACT Supreme Court, the woman

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