Two weeks ago I told you that the FDA approved a generic version of Lyrica ® (pregabalin) made by Lupin Limited, but I wasn't able to find out when it might actually be available on the market. Now I know why I couldn't find that information. Apparently Lupin was awaiting a court decision as to whether or not on Pfizer Inc.'s patents for Lyrica were valid.
That decision came down last Thursday, July 19, 2012. Judge Gregory M. Sleet of the U.S. District Court of Delaware upheld the validity of Pfizer's patents for Lyrica, giving them exclusive rights to the medication until December 30, 2018. In addition, Judge Sleet ordered the FDA to stop approving generic forms of pregabalin until Pfizer's patents expire.
The Story Behind the Decision
In 2009, Pfizer filed a lawsuit charging patent infringement against Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, and U.S. firms Mylan and Watson Pharmaceuticals, who all sought FDA approval ...
Generic Name: PREGABALIN - ORAL Pronounced: (pree-GAH-ba-lin) Lyrica Oral Uses
This medication is used to treat pain caused by nerve
damage due to diabetes or to shingles (herpes zoster) infection. It is also
used to treat pain in people with fibromyalgia.
It is also used with other medications to treat certain
types of seizures (partial onset seizures).
How To Use Lyrica Oral
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using
pregabalin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding
the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor,
usually 2 to 3 times a day with or without food. Dosage is based on your
medical condition, kidney function, and response to treatment.
To reduce your risk of side effects (such as dizziness and
drowsiness), your doctor may direct you to star...
As of this writing, three medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). Since all three are relatively new drugs, information on how well they work and their side effects is still being gathered. Because every patient's symptoms and body chemistry are different, it is often a matter of trial and error to find the best medication for a particular patient with a particular illness. However, a recent German study , which was the first to compare the pros and cons of the three drugs head-to-head, may help doctors choose which medication has the best chance of success for any given patient. Study Design The study authors searched MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and sought unpublished data from the databases of FDA, US National Institutes for Health, and Industry through May 2009 for randomized controlled trials. They found 17...
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