Question 2: Lyrica is a commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drug used to treat epilepsy,
neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia.
A senior project student is planning to synthesize a Lyrica analog for medicinal testing
and designs the synthetic route shown below:
a) Much to the student’s surprise, the desired product is not produced via the reaction
sequence described above. What went wrong? (2 points)
b) Using Lyrica as a starting material, what reagent(s) could be used to successfully
prepare the desired ester analog shown above? (2 points)Science