The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that corticosteroid, epidural injections for neck, back and other pain poses a small risk of very serious outcomes, including stroke, paralysis, brain swelling, and death. Such injections have not been approved by the FDA as safe and effective, but are, none the less, a common treatment. Harmful events are reported to have occurred within minutes of the injection to 2 days afterward. The drug will receive a warning label. You may recall that such injections made big news after the New England Compounding Center provided many doses of their steroid formulation with fungal contamination. This killed or injured hundreds of people.
One must wonder if many of the side effects are due to poor injection technique. One might also wonder if patients are given enough information to make an informed decision about the use of such drugs off label. If not, this is human experimentation without oversight – a criminal act.
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