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[IP] New drug for Neuropathy



The FDA has approved Lyrica.

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(AP) Pfizer Inc. said Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has
approved its medication for pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes or
shingles, but it is still under review for treating partial seizures in
adults. 

Pfizer said that Lyrica is the first FDA-approved treatment for this pain,
often described as burning, tingling, sharp, stabbing or pins and needles in
the feet, legs, hands or arms. 

The drug has not yet been approved for treating partial seizures in adults;
the company said that use is still under review by the FDA. 

It said the types of pain that Lyrica treats are different from arthritis or
musculoskeletal pain. 

Pfizer stock traded up 1 cent, to $27.02, on the New York Stock Exchange
early Friday. 

The company estimates that about 3 million diabetes sufferers in America
will develop painful nerve damage over the course of the disease while
roughly 150,000 Americans develop nerve damage because of shingles each
year. 

"Lyrica is an important new therapy for millions of people suffering from
the two most common neuropathic pain conditions as it provides rapid and
sustained pain relief," said Dr. Joseph Feczko, president of Worldwide
Development at Pfizer, in a statement. 

The company said that the drug's safety has been established through
clinical trials involving about 9,000 patients and the most common side
effects were dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, an abnormal build up of
fluids in the ankle and legs, blurred vision, weight gain and difficulty
with concentration. 

Lyrica will be available for doctors to prescribe in the near future, Pfizer
said. 

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Mike
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