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Letters Pfizer and pregabalin

Pregabalin is only partially effective for neuropathic pain

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3478
  1. Jennie Gwynn, retired research and development pharmaceutical executive, patient1
  1. 1Penzance TR20 9PR, UK
  1. jenniegwynn{at}

As a patient with knowledge about research and development (R&D), and marketing, receipt of a prescription for generic pregabalin for neuropathic pain prompted a call to my GP about a possible error. Initially she blamed the pharmacist but the prescription did not specify indication. Subsequent prescriptions have been for Lyrica.

Professionally I am fully aware of escalating R&D costs and maximising patent life. …

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