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July 26, 2011

The 3rd Botox: Xeomin Gains FDA Approval for Cosmetic Uses

About 11 months ago, I blogged about that...

  • Botox
  • Dysport

...were about to get more competition from the newest kid on the block, Xeomin.  http://www.pickartplasticsurgeryblog.com/2010/08/fda-approves-xeomin-the-3rd-botox.html

On August 2, 2010, the FDA approved Xeomin for treatment for cervical dystonia (neck spasms) and blepharospasm (excessive eyelid contractions).  Late last week, on July 21, the FDA approved Xeomin for "the temporary improvement in appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adult patients."

Xeomin is thus the third botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) to enter the marketplace.  However, it is not expected to be available to physicians in the United States until the spring of 2012.

Why the delay?  I don't know.  I have called my Merz sales representative to get the scoop....



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Interesting. How often must you experience excessive eyelid contractions for them to be classified as blepharospasm? Every now and again (say two weeks to a month) my left eyelid will spasm and contract uncontrollably, sometimes for a minute or so, but sometimes for significantly longer.

Cosmetic Surgeon Boston Dr. Christopher Davidson

I think this is great news. There are people out there who believe it or not are very sensitive to Botox, and having more choices available for the consumers means that everyone can get what they like without having to sacrifice their preferences. The holdup is interesting as well; I wonder if it has anything to do with cross-border restrictions on sensitive medical items such as this.

Cosmetic Surgery

Finally. Thanks FDA for the approval. I so much wanted those cosmetics

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