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New York Times article on drug approved for Fibromyalgia

Tuesday 15 January 2008

Pain graphThe New York Times has published an article on a potential controversy involving a new drug,Lyrica, which was recently approved in the US for dealing with Fibromyalgia pain.

The article, written by Alex Berenson, begins:

“Fibromyalgia is a real disease. Or so says Pfizer in a new television advertising campaign for Lyrica, the first medicine approved to treat the pain condition, whose very existence is questioned by some doctors.”

Berenson goes on to state:

“For patient advocacy groups and doctors who specialize in fibromyalgia, the Lyrica approval is a milestone. They say they hope Lyrica and two other drugs that may be approved this year will legitimize fibromyalgia, just as Prozac brought depression into the mainstream.

But other doctors – including the one who wrote the 1990 paper that defined fibromyalgia but who has since changed his mind – say that the disease does not exist and that Lyrica and the other drugs will be taken by millions of people who do not need them.”

However, later in the article Berenson explains the use ofLyricafor Fibromyalgia:

“Because fibromyalgia patients typically do not respond to conventional painkillers like aspirin, drug makers are focusing on medicines like Lyrica that affect the brain and the perception of pain.”

You can read the full article here:

The New York Times: Drug Approved. Is Disease Real? (external link)

The New York Times runs a subscription service with its articles. If the above link no longer works, you can download the article here:


The New York Times: Drug Approved. Is Disease Real? (PDF, 324KB)

The Lyrica television commercial

Lyrica commercialThe television commercial forLyricacan be seen on theLyricawebsite: (external link)


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