Botox gets FDA approval to treat lower limb spasticity in children

Pharmaceutical Technology | October 25, 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Allergan’s supplemental biologics licence application (sBLA) for Botox to treat lower limb spasticity in children aged two to 17 years. The approval, which is Botox’s 11th indication, does not include spasticity caused by cerebral palsy. Spasticity is a neurological disease that causes muscle stiffness in the upper and lower limbs and can hinder movement. The latest authorisation allows injection of four to eight units per kilogram of Botox dose per session into affected muscles of the lower limb. Allergan chief research and development officer David Nicholson said: “This milestone will continue to support and advance care for children and their caregivers who may be struggling with lower limb spasticity. “Here at Allergan, we look forward to continuing to highlight our unwavering attention to innovation and build on our 30 years of research and development efforts with Botox since FDA approval of blepharospasm and strabismus in 1989.”

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Lyra Therapeutics | February 08, 2023

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Kindeva and | December 13, 2022

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Eyenovia, Inc. | November 30, 2022

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