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FDA approves fibromyalgia drug
June 22, 2007
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved pregabalin as the first drug to treat fibromyalgia.
The FDA said the drug, which is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. under the
name Lyrica, reduces pain and improves daily functions for some
patients with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is typically characterized by chronic pain, muscle
stiffness and tenderness.
The disorder, which affects about 3 million to 6 million people in the
United States each year, mostly affects women in early-to-middle
Studies have shown that patients have decreased pain after taking
Lyrica but the mechanism by which Lyrica produces such an effect is
unknown, the FDA said in a release.
Lyrica already is approved for treating partial seizures, pain
following the rash of shingles and pain associated with diabetes nerve
damage, the FDA said.
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