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The U.K.’s National Health Service could recover up to $700 million from Pfizer (PFE) following a lengthy battle over the patent of its Lyrica painkillerThe Telegraph writes, citing this analysis. Pfizer obtained an additional patent protecting the drug as a pain treatment until July 2017, and argued generics would inevitably be used for the indication and infringe its patent. A court disagreed, but Pfizer is appealing. The NHS, meanwhile, has had to pay the brand price. If the final appeal fails, the NHS should be able to reclaim from Pfizer the money it would have saved by prescribing a generic version.

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