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The medication called Lyrica has recently come off patent which means that other drug companies can manufacture it cheaper.

The NHS need to control costs by utilising the more cost- effective companies, therefore the name of this medication in future will be prescribed as either Pregabalin or Rewisca their should be no difference in its effect.

Our Medicine Manager will be contacting patients shortly to offer a medication review with a doctor, However if you wish to discuss this sooner please contact the surgery to make an appointment.


The National Insutute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) reviewed Glucosamine in February 2008 as part of their clinical guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Their review showed there was a lack of good medical evidence to support the ongoing use of glucosamine.

We have deen discouraged from prescribing it since and recently NHS North of Tyne has suggested that all prescriptions should now cease.

If you take Glucosamine and feel that it helps your symptoms, you  may continue to use it as it is generally felt to have very limited side effects.  However, you will need to purchase it over the counter.  It is available at most pharmacies, supermarkets, and health food shops.

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