Novartis Bemused As NICE Says No Again To Migraine Drug Aimovig
The Swiss major is evaluating whether or not there is a case to appeal after the cost watchdog said it is “very uncertain" whether the CGRP inhibitor is more clinically effective for migraine than Botox.
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