New Treatments

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Key Questions

This year there have already been several new treatments approved in 2020 by the FDA. What is the efficacy, side effects, dosage, who is the ideal patient, and how to get it (including prescription, cost, and insurance) for each new treatment:

    • Vyepti
    • Nurtec ODT (rimegepant)
    • Ubrelvy (ubrogepant)
    • Reyvow (lasmiditan)
    • Nerivio Migra Device
  • How does Nurtec ODT differ from Ubrelvy? 
  • What restrictions are there involved with these new treatments?
  • How do the new ditan treatments compare to the existing triptans? If you have failed a triptan can a ditan still be effective?
  • Do CGRPs affect pregnancies? Have there been any studies done?
  • Are there any long term effects of the CGRPs or gepants? What were the results from the 5 year study?
  • What can a patient do if their insurance won’t approve a CGRP drug?
  • How much improvement is needed on a new treatment for it to be considered successful?
  • What does a drug’s half-life refer to? How can that impact side effects?
  • Can triptans increase the risk of atrial fibrillation?
  • If you fail on the Ubrelvy treatment, might you respond to Nurtec? 
  • Are there any new treatments for abdominal migraine with gastroparesis? 
  • Does Nurtec, an acute treatment for migraine, also have preventive properties in the days after to stop an attack?
  • If you’ve failed two CGRPs, what other options are there?

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Timothy R. Smith, MD, RPH

President & CEO
StudyMetrix Research

Dr. Timothy R. Smith is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Headache Society, a certified physician investigator of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals, and Vice President of the National Headache Foundation. He has been the principal investigator of more than 200 clinical trials and original research projects. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, and has written over 200 other articles, abstracts, and book chapters over the course of his career. Dr. Smith has a special interest in patient and physician issues that relate to treatment of headache in primary care. An advisor to research organizations, educational foundations, and pharmaceutical corporations, Dr. Smith is a frequent lecturer on headache topics at a national level.

Dr. Smith has received a number of awards in the field of headache management, including the Migraine Innovators Award, the NHF Lectureship Award and the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award with Special Commendation. His research has twice been awarded the AHS’s Kaplan Award for Research in Chronic Daily Headache. In 2015, Dr. Smith was honored with the National Headache Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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