Generic pregabalin: current situation and implications for health authorities, generics and biosimilars manufacturers in the future

@article{Godman2015GenericPC,
  title={Generic pregabalin: current situation and implications for health authorities, generics and biosimilars manufacturers in the future},
  author={Brian B Godman and Michael Wilcock and Andrew Martin and Scott M Bryson and Christoph Baumg{\"a}rtel and Tomasz Bochenek and Winne de Bruyn and Ljiljana Sovi{\'c}-Brki{\vc}i{\'c} and Marco D’Agata and Antra Fogele and Anna Coma Fust{\'e} and Jessica Fraeyman and Jurij F{\"u}rst and Kristina Garuolienė and Harald Herholz and Mikael Hoffmann and Sisira Jayathissa and Hye-Young Kwon and Irene Langner and Marija Kalaba and Eva Anders{\'e}n Karlsson and Ott Laius and Vanda Markovi{\'c}-Pekovi{\'c} and Einar Magn{\'u}sson and Stuart McTaggart and Scott Metcalfe and Hanne Bak Pedersen and Jutta Piessnegger and Anne Marthe Ringerud and Gisbert W. Selke and Catherine Sermet and Krijn M. H. Schiffers and Peter Skiold and Juraj Slab{\'y} and Dominik Tomek and Anita Viksna and Agnes Vitry and Corinne Zara and Rickard E. Malmstr{\"o}m},
  journal={Generics and Biosimilars Initiative journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={4},
  pages={125-135}
}
The manufacturer of pregabalin has a second use patent covering prescribing for neuropathic pain: its principal indication. The manufacturer has threatened legal action in the UK if generic pregabalin rather than Lyrica is prescribed for this indication. No problems exist for practitioners who prescribe pregabalin for epilepsy or generalized anxiety disorder. This has serious implications for health authorities. In Germany, however, generics could be legally prescribed for any approved… 

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