Menopause can bring many things. One of them can be breast cancer. For instance, the American Cancer Society reports that women who experienced more menstrual cycles because they started menstruating early (before age 12) and/or went through menopause later (after age 55) face a slightly elevated risk of breast cancer, possibly due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones estrogen and progesterone. In addition, aging is another risk factor for breast cancer. In fact, two out of three invasive breast cancers are found in women who are 55 and older.
And the numbers of people who are stricken with breast cancer are daunting. The World Health Organization reports that there are approximately 1.3 million new cases of breast cancer annually. Furthermore, 450,000 die from this disease each year. Additionally, some places in the world are seeing increases in the number of cases diagnosed. For instance, the BBC reported in 2011 that breast cancer rates for British women who are in their 4...
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...
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