According to study results presented Monday, May 1 at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting, a significant number of fibromyalgia patients treated with Pfizer’s Lyrica (generic name pregabalin) experienced a 50 percent or more reduction in pain. They also reported significant improvements in overall health status and outcomes, including measures such as physical function and ability to perform everyday tasks. The 14-week placebo-controlled study included 745 patients with fibromyalgia who were randomized into four groups. One group received a placebo while the other three groups received 300mg, 450mg, or 600mg of Lyrica daily. Of those patients taking 600mg of Lyrica a day, 30 percent said their pain was cut in half or better; 27 percent of those taking 450mg a day and 24 percent of those taking 300mg also reported a similar level of pain relief. Of those taking the placebo, 15 percent reported pain reduction of 50 percent or better.&nb...
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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 ...
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