Funny story...when Lyrica first came out, the drug reps were making their pitch to me as I was scanning the material. They kept talking about lesser side effects, longer duration of effect, and higher effectiveness....blah, blah, blah, the usual stuff. I then looked at her puzzled after reviewing the material and asked if she represented the same company that made Neurontin....she confirmed that the same company made both drugs. I then asked her what the difference was and she repeated the bullet points from the earlier pitch that I was half ignoring. Unsatisfied, I showed her the chemical structures of the 2, and the described known mechanisms of action..I then commented that I just did not see a difference. After a bit more hemming and hawing and some apologies about the cost of Lyrica being high...she finally threw in a casual comment that revealed all.....What did she say? "Oh yeah, Neurontin comes off patent next month also"....I could not help but laugh (and she did a little bit as well).
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