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pregabalinSeptember 23 2015

PSNC has issued new advice following its comments made after Pfizer lost a claim in the High Court over its pain patent for Lyrica (pregabalin).

In a new statement issued yesterday, PSNC says that “the judgment, which may be subject to appeal, has not affected the situation for pharmacists and GPs,” and that “NHS England requires pharmacists to refer generic prescriptions back to the prescriber, if they are aware it is for neuropathic pain, and it requires prescribers to prescribe the brand for neuropathic pain.”

This is the situation that has been in place since NHS England issued its guidance in March. “Pharmacists can dispense prescriptions written for pregabalin, unless they have reason to believe that the prescription is for the treatment of neuropathic pain,” says PSNC.

“PSNC will stress the importance of providing timely, clear and unequivocal guidance to pharmacists and GPs as and when the situation changes to NHS England and the Department of Health.”

Its advice issued soon after the ruling was that pharmacists could freely dispense generic pregabalin against any prescription written generically, subject to considerations about licensing. From the outset, advice given by doctors’ representative bodies was that doctors should continue to follow the NHS England guidance until further notice.

A weblink to the High Court (Patents Court) Decision is now available giving the judgement in full. PSNC is also referring pharmacists to the NHS England advice and its own advice on dispensing Lyrica and generic versions of pregabalin.

Links:

PSNC update on pregabalin        

Today’s Pharmacist coverage of high court ruling                

Today’s Pharmacist coverage of advice from CPA and NPA                

High Court (Patents Court) Decision       

NHS England pregabalin guidance (via PSNC)      

PSNC - Dispensing of Lyrica/pregabalin

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