Don’t use generic Lyrica for pain, Pfizer warns U.K. providers–or else

http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/dont-use-generic-lyrica-pain-pfizer-warns-uk-providers-or-else/2015-01-15

“Pfizer believes the supply of generic pregabalin for use in the treatment of pain whilst the pain patent remains in force in the U.K. would infringe Pfizer’s patent rights,” the letter states, going on to urge addressees to make sure prescribers know about the pain patent and advise clinicians to prescribe Lyrica by brand when using the drug to treat neuropathic pain.

It’s not just friendly advice. The letter closes with a not-so-veiled threat of legal action. “[I]nstructing or encouraging the usage of generic pregabalin in pain would amount to procurement of patent infringement (an unlawful act),” the letter states. “Pfizer therefore reserves all of its legal rights in this regard.”

2 thoughts on “Don’t use generic Lyrica for pain, Pfizer warns U.K. providers–or else

  1. I was led to this via links from 2 previous articles on Lyrica. I have been away from WordPress for some time and maybe this has bought me back for a reason….who knows?! I have been taking Lyrica for well over a year, but have terrible memory problems so could be significantly longer. I take this for diagnosed Trigeminal Neuralgia mainly I’m told. I shall be printing this to take to my doctor to discuss and see if, not only was he aware of this legislation, but also from previous informative article, should I try a different medicine? I’m 55 and my other issues are memory difficulties, confusion and severely depleted cognitive abilities. I have very painful osteoarthritis and recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

    Oh dear I do ramble! However, thank you.

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    • I’m guessing it’s hard to tell the difference between memory problems caused by aging and those caused by medical conditions and/or medications. And while memory problems can be a side effect of Lyrica, some patients won’t suffer from this side effect. If you’ve been taking Lyrica for a year, I would analyze the benefits you’ve experienced for that year. And then compare them to the negative side effects. Which one wins, the benefits or the side effects? And how many other options for treatment do you have? If you decide to stop taking it, you can always change your mind. Good luck. 🙂

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