Pfizer loses patent battle over blockbuster

UK doctors are now able to freely prescribe a generic version of the anticonvulsant pregabalin for pain relief.

Since March last year they have been restricted to using the brand Lyrica for this indication.

This was because Pfizer claimed it owned the patent for pain relief after the British High Court ruled generic versions of pregabalin were approved only for use in epilepsy and generalised

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