on Fox today there's an announcement that Botox has a new competitor in Britain called "Azzalure"....it sounds like it's Botox (botulinum). Do you expect it to be the same, better, or worse than Botox?
Azzalure vs. Botox: which is better?
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Azzalure is Botulinum toxin type A
Azzalure is a botulinum toxin type A that just recently received marketing approval in the UK. Azzalure is made by Ipsen, the same company that makes Dysport, which was finally approved for use in the USA by the FDA at the end of April. Dysport has been in use nearly worldwide for the past 20 years and has a good history of consistency and safety. Dysport will be marketed in the US by Medicis, the makers of Restylane and Perlane, while Azzalure will be marketed by Galderma.
Azzalure and Dysport have the same indications as Botox. There is no discrete information currently available on how Azzalure compares to Botox in terms of cost, dosing and duration of muscle relaxation.
Better than Botox? For now it is safe to say Azzalure is comparable to Botox.
Look for Dysport, likely to be known in the US as Reloxin in the next 3 to 6 months.
Good Luck, kit09.
Azzalure is a type of Botulinum Toxin
Azzalure is a brand name for a formulation of Botulinum Toxin Type A . The same material that is found in Botox.
In the USA the brand name for Azzalure is Dysport. In other words the active ingredient in Azzalure is exactly the same as Dysport.
Dysport recently received FDA approval for use in the USA. Dysport is available through a company by the name of Medicis. This is the same company that makes Restylane and Perlane.
Even though the dose required to achieve a desired result is different that Botox, Dysport functions in essentially the same way.
Undoubtedly some patients will respond better to Dysport while others will respond better to Botox.
Each manufacturers will most likely claim to have the better product. However, only time will tell if one of the products is superior to the other.
Good luck with your procedure.
Azzalure is Dysport
Don't get too excited. Azzalure is Dysport, a botulinum toxin A product just like BOTOX is a botulinum toxin A product. Galderma has licensed with product from Ipsen for distribution of this product for aesthetic indications into the UK, the European Union, and certain parts of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Medicis, the company that markets Restylane and Perlane, owns the rights to distribute dysport in the United States under the trade name Reloxin. FDA approve for Reloxin is anticipated at any time now.
Azzalure is not better or worse than BOTOX but it is different. One unit of Azzalure is not the same as one unit of BOTOX. It is more likely that 2 to 4 units of Azzalure will produce a similar muscle relaxing effect as 1 unit of BOTOX. However, Azzalure may diffuse differently than BOTOX. So there will be a big learning curve for doctors as they begin to use this new product. Competition is a good thing but not hold your breath that this new botulinum toxin A will spark a price war.
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