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Botox subsidised for brain injury survivors

Botox subsidised for brain injury survivors
Botox is now being subsided for use in stroke and brain injury survivors to help them walk again.
The popular cosmetic treatment is an effective therapy for muscle and movement problems caused by brain injuries.
It works to relax overactive or contracting muscles enhacing physiotherapy and, in turn, improving mobility.
Father-of-two Paul Fink, 40, suffered a paralysing stroke in his mid-30s.
He was comatose for a fortnight and woke in hospital with serious complications including leg spasticity.
The treatment, combined with rehabilitation and dedication, has helped the devoted dad get back on his feet.
"The Botox definitely helps," Mr Fink told 9News.
"I'm running and playing footy with my sons."
The therapeutic protein has now been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme for use in lower limb spasticity, meaning it's more accessible to brain injury patients.
Before the subsidy it cost about $2000 per dose.
"It's now going to become a lot more obviously affordable because it will just be the cost of script for a patient so they won't have to pay this large amount," Epworth Healthcare Rehabilitation medical director Professor John Olver said.
"It's not the only treatment for spasticity but where its needed it's very effective. "
The prescription medicine is actually a powerful neurotoxin that should only be handled by those qualified to do so.
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