Talk about unintended consequences of a patent ruling. Pfizer's unprecedented effort to fight Lyrica copies in England has doctors and pharmacists squabbling, and the National Health Service stepping in to keep the peace.
Pfizer has written doctors in the U.K. warning them not to prescribe Lyrica knockoffs to treat neuropathic pain. Seems the company still has a live patent covering Lyrica's use against that type of nerve pain.
Pfizer's attempts to prove Lyrica effective as an epilepsy treatment have delivered mixed results. Just three months ago, the controlled-release formula failed a Phase III trial in adults with epilepsy. But now, the company has unveiled new data showing that Lyrica capsules matched the UCB seizure drug Keppra at reducing a common type of seizures in epilepsy patients.
The study, which tested the formulation as a once-a-day therapy, missed its main goal of changing seizure frequency compared with placebo.
Pfizer's mission to expand Lyrica use just hit a couple of roadblocks.
What does Big Pharma like better than a blockbuster? A bigger blockbuster. And that's just what Pfizer ($PFE) might find in its pain and seizure drug Lyrica. Based on early efficacy data, the company
Pfizer has racked up some positive data for Lyrica in Japan. A new study found that fibromyalgia patients saw a statistically significant reduction in their mean pain score after treatment with
Might Lyrica get yet another indication? As Motley Fool notes, the Pfizer drug just passed a trial for neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury. No detailed data was released, but beating out
Call it a win-win deal. Pfizer and Eisai have restructured their Aricept partnership and entered a new co-promotion deal on Lyrica. The deals ward off a court battle over the Alzheimer's treatment
Is fibromyalgia for real? The question keeps popping up, despite the protests of patient advocates and drugmakers alike. Their contention: That they are educating the public in general and medicine