Time magazine has released its list of the “Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2007.” [Cue the fanfare.] Coming in at number seven is “Relief from Fibromyalgia: Lyrica”! In explaining the significance of this breakthrough, the article stated that people with fibromyalgia “finally have a drug to call their own” and that the news of the FDA approval of Lyrica was a long time coming for those of us suffering from this “frustratingly elusive and complex condition.”
I have to admit I was extremely surprised (albeit, pleasantly surprised) to see anything about fibromyalgia make one of Time’s Top 10 lists. While I knew this was a huge breakthrough and big news for the FM community, I had no idea the major media would recognize it as such. I guess I just got so used to fibromyalgia being ignored and questioned for so many years, my expectations weren’t very high. But that has all changed now.
Thanks to the FDA and Pfizer (manufacturers of Lyrica), fibromyalgia is finally being recognized as a legitimate and serious illness. As one of Time’s Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs, FM is now playing with the “big boys” also on the list (i.e., cancer, HIV, diabetes, genetics). Kudos and many thanks to Time magazine for recognizing the far-reaching significance of this event.
Published On: December 16, 2007