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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Medical Madness: How the Feds Approved Drugs for Fibromyalgia That Don’t Work Well While Barring Access to One That Might

Three drugs ( Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) have been approved for Fibromyalgia. On the face of it  that’s great. That means three drugs have successfully undergone several large and rigorous clinical trials under the eye of the FDA. The drugs helped legitimize FM and their tremendous financial success revealed a population of 5 million  or so FM  patients that were eager for relief.  That was a huge step forward.

Some even divide Fibromyalgia into Fibromyalgia pre-Lyrica (pre-2007) and FM post-Lyrica era’s. They made that much  of a difference.

It doesn’t mean, however, that these drugs will  work for you or even that they’ll work all that well  if they do. The  Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  does not require a drug to be a  cure to be approved; it simply requires  that a  drug provide a significant  clinical benefit to a portion of the patient population and there’s the rub.

Medical Madness: How the Feds Approved Drugs for Fibromyalgia That Don’t Work Well While Barring Access to One That Might
Three drugs ( Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) have been approved for Fibromyalgia. On the face of it that’s great. That means three drugs have successfully undergone several large and rigorous clinical trials under the eye of the FDA. The drugs helped legitimize FM and their tremendous financial success revealed a population of 5 million or so FM patients that were eager for relief. That was a huge step forward. Some even divide Fibromyalgia into Fibromyalgia pre-Lyrica (pre-2007) and FM post-Lyrica era’s. They made that much of a difference. It doesn’t mean, however, that these drugs will work for you or even that they’ll work all that well if they do. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require a drug to be a cure to be approved; it simply requires that a drug provide a significant clinical benefit to a portion of the patient population and there’s the rub.

Read more: Medical Madness: How the Feds Approved Drugs for Fibromyalgia That Don’t Work Well While Barring Access to One That Might http://www.cortjohnson.org/blog/2014/05/15/medical-madness-feds-approved-drugs-fibromyalgia-dont-work-well-barring-access-one-might/

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