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Fibromyalgia Finally Recognized!

The following is courtesy of the Fibromyalgia Research Blog. Great news... a step in the right direction!!!

Of particular interest to me was the FDA link at the end. Please, if you are reading this and don't know what fibromyalgia is, please click on the link below and read. We need to promote awareness of this invisible and debilitating condition that affects so many!!!!

Posted: 22 Jun 2007 11:00 AM CDT
June 21, 2007, will is a major landmark in the history of fibromyalgia treatment. Yesterday Pfizer, Inc. won federal approval for Lyrica as the first treatment for fibromyalgia. This means that Lyrica will be the first drug that can be marketed specifically as a treatment for fibromyalgia patients, unlike the many drugs that have been prescribed for fibroomyalgia patients for "off-label" uses. This also will have implications for the insurance industry and the potential for policies to cover this medication for insured patients.Lyrica is an anti-convulsant that was previously approved by the FDA for the treatment of seizures, post-herpetic pain and diabetic neuropathy.According to CBS, the "FDA warned that common side effects of the drug included mild-to-moderate dizziness and sleepiness. Also, the agency said that Lyrica reduces pain and improves daily functions for some patients with fibromyalgia, but that not everyone derived benefit from the drug in studies."In the wake of this groundbreaking news, the FDA has published a page on their site about the debilitating affects of fibromyalgia and ways for patients to cope with it, including information about the new "fibromyalgia medication." You can see this page at:
http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/fibromyalgia062107.html

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