The New Botox?
Dysport was approved by the FDA yesterday and it certainly seems like it has been a long time coming. It is a bit confusing because all this time we were waiting for Reloxin but for some reason the powers that be have decided that the name should remain Dysport (as it has been known on the rest of the planet for years). Basically this is a drug very similar to Botox (botulinum toxin A) and is used for similar indications: wrinkles between the eyes and a form of severe neck spasm.
So is this the new Botox? Well not really. The two are not exactly interchangeable. The dosing is very different. Traditionally, the amount of Botox injected to achieve a certain result is measured in units. Dysport is also measured in units… but if you were to try and relax your wrinkles with Dysport it may take 2 to 4 times as many units. This opens the door to dosing error. Yet another reason to know the credentials of the person doing the treating.
All things being equal, in well trained qualified hands both products have a place in cosmetic treatments. We are anxiously waiting to see what this competition will do to the overall cost. Will Medicis, the distributor of Dysport, launch with bargain prices? Will Allergan, the maker of Botox, follow suit? Botulinum wars… I am guessing that things will stay where they are and Dysport will enter the market with a price of treatment not that different form Botox. We shall see.