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Botulinum Toxin

Question for Department of Health

UIN 205769, tabled on 15 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with medical authorities on the use of botox as a painkiller; and whether it is used as such in the NHS.

Answered on

22 July 2014

We have had no such discussions. Botox is not licensed in the United Kingdom for use as a painkiller.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published technology appraisal guidance for the National Health Service in May 2012 which recommends botulinum toxin type A as a possible treatment for preventing headaches in some adults with chronic migraine, subject to certain clinical criteria.

Patients have the right to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE for use in the NHS, where their doctor believes they are clinically appropriate.