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Steroid Shots for Tennis Elbow Miss the Mark: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 – A corticosteroid shot is a common treatment for "tennis elbow," but a new study finds it might do more harm than good. For people with tennis elbow – a painful condition related to overuse of the tendon in the elbow – more bad news emerged from the study: Combining physical therapy with a steroid shot was of no benefit over the long-term either. "Patients having steroid injections should be warned of the potential for recurrence three to 12 months after the injection, even after feeling any benefit in the short term," said senior study author Bill Vicenzino, chairman of sports physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, Australia. Recurrences are usually put down to the fact that patients feel better after the injection and then do too much too soon, Vicenzino said. To avoid this, physical therapy may be recommended post-injection to moderate the ... Read more

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Armstrong Confession Validates His Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Posted 18 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 – For over a decade, world-renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong has strongly denied use of performance-enhancing techniques to improve his athletic performance. Armstrong has now admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs while conquering a record seven Tour de France championships. He said it was “not possible” to win without doping. Armstrong admitted to getting lost in the momentum of a perfect life – beating cancer, having a wonderful family and winning the Tours. He said would do anything at all costs to win. And then, Armstrong apologized. The confession, in a “no conditions” interview conducted by Winfrey appears to be the first step in Armstrong’s hope to lessen his lifetime ban, regain his ability to compete, and soften the blows of a damaged reputation. Prior to taping the episode on Monday, Armstrong also made an emo ... Read more

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Steroid Injections for Back Pain May Lower Bone Mass

Posted 2 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 1 – Older women who get steroid injections in the spine to treat lower back pain may be at risk for bone loss in their hips, a small study suggests. It is well known that the anti-inflammatory steroid medications used to treat diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis may decrease a person's bone mass over time. But it hasn't been clear whether steroid shots – one treatment option for lower back pain – are connected to bone loss. "It's been thought that [the steroids] might stay in the epidural space of the spine," explained study author Dr. Shlomo Mandel, an orthopedic physician at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, in Michigan. Safety questions about steroid injections also have been raised in recent months, as U.S. health officials investigate a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid shots produced by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy ... Read more

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Steroid Shots for Sciatica: Benefits Only Brief, Analysis Finds

Posted 12 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 12 – Spinal steroid injections – the type involved in the current fungal meningitis outbreak in the United States – provide only short-term relief for sciatica-related leg and back pain, according to a new analysis. Sciatica, a common type of low back pain, is characterized by intense pain shooting down one leg, along with tingling and numbness, as a result of injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Epidural steroid treatments – injections into the joint spaces of the spine – have been used to treat back pain for a half-century, but consistent guidelines for their use are nonexistent, according to the new study, which was published Nov. 13 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. In the new analysis, researchers analyzed 23 clinical trials involving more than 3,100 patients; the trials compared steroid injections to other treatments. Researchers had followed ... Read more

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Guidelines Issued to Resolve Temporary Facial Paralysis

Posted 7 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 – New guidelines recommend steroid pills to treat initial symptoms of a condition called Bell's palsy that temporarily paralyzes facial muscles. Steroid pills, sometimes in conjunction with medications that target viruses, are already a common treatment for the condition, said ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Jay Rubinstein, professor of otolaryngology at University of Washington, Seattle, commenting on the guidelines. Bell's palsy is challenging to treat because 85 percent of patients will recover on their own, but it will persist in the other 15 percent, he said. "We give steroids to try to get a better result on those 15 percent and to speed up the whole process," he said. "We think that facial paralysis recovers faster with steroids than not, but we have precious little proof of that." Patients with Bell's palsy suddenly develop paralysis on one side of their ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

[UPDATE 10/24/2012]  The updated list of customers (consignees) who were shipped product on or after May 21, 2012 from the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) Framingham, MA facility is now posted at the FDA website. The technical problems with the previous list have been corrected. You can obtain information about the outbreak by calling the FDA’s Division of Drug Information line at 855-543-DRUG (3784) or send an email to druginfo@fda.hhs.gov.   FDA provides NECC Customer List  [UPDATE 10/22/2012] FDA is making available two lists of customers (consignees) who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center’s Framingham, MA facility. The first list includes customer names and addresses, organized by state. The second list contains the same basic information as the first list, but is organized alphabetically by customer name and also ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 22 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FDA provides NECC Customer List  [UPDATE 10/22/2012] FDA is making available two lists of customers (consignees) who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center’s Framingham, MA facility. The first list includes customer names and addresses, organized by state. The second list contains the same basic information as the first list, but is organized alphabetically by customer name and also includes the specific products shipped, the quantities of product shipped, and the shipping date. The lists were prepared based on information provided by NECC, and FDA cannot vouch for the completeness or accuracy of the lists. Products shipped by NECC may be missing from the list and facility information may be incomplete. Nevertheless, this is the best information we have available, at this time, to help inform facilities and healthcare providers of ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

[Update 10/16/2012] On 10/15/12 the health care facility notified CDC that the initial report of two transplant patients has been revised to one patient who received cardioplegia solution from NECC. The 10/15/12 statement has been revised to reflect this information.   [Posted 10/15/2012] ISSUE: As a result of the ongoing investigation of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a patient with possible meningitis potentially associated with epidural injection of an additional NECC product, triamcinolone acetonide, has been identified through active surveillance and reported to FDA. Triamcinolone acetonide is a type of steroid injectable product made by NECC. The cases of meningitis identified to date have been associated with methylprednisolone acetate, another similar steroid injectable product. In addition, two transplant patients with Aspergillus fumigatus infection who were ... Read more

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Tainted Steroid Injections May Affect Those Treated for Joint Pain

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 – The nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections has so far been focused on back pain patients. Far less attention has been paid to those patients who got injections of methylprednisolone acetate to ease chronic pain in joints such as knees, shoulders and hips. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting that two people who received a steroid injection for pain in a joint – rather than the back – may have come down with a fungal infection. One case is in Michigan, the other New Hampshire, but it will take time to confirm they are fungal infections, agency spokeswoman Melissa Dankel said Monday. People with chronic pain in ankles, knees, shoulders, hips and thumbs commonly get injections of methylprednisolone acetate in the troubled joint to relieve inflammation that causes discomfort and limits movement. Unlike ... Read more

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Meningitis Toll Now 11 Dead, 119 Sick: CDC

Posted 10 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 – Eleven people have now died and 119 have been sickened in the national meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In the wake of the outbreak, members of Congress are calling for more regulatory oversight for the type of smaller, "compounding" pharmacy that distributed the steroid shots. All of the patients were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug commonly used for back pain that investigators suspect was tainted with a fungus usually found in leaf mold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in the 23 states that received shipments of the steroid are trying to track down patients who got the injections. As many as 13,000 people may have gotten the shots, U.S. health officials said Monday. The steroid was manufactured ... Read more

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Meningitis Toll Now 11 Dead, 119 Sick: CDC

Posted 9 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 – Eleven people have now died and 119 have been sickened in the national meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. All of the patients were thought to be injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug commonly used for back pain that investigators suspect was tainted with a fungus usually found in leaf mold, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials in 23 states that received shipments of the steroid are trying to track down patients who got the injections. As many as 13,000 people may have gotten the shots, U.S. health officials said Monday. However, it's not known how many of the shots were contaminated with the fungus that causes this rare type of meningitis. So it's not clear how many people might be at risk of infection, the Associated Press ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: New England Compounding Center (NECC) Potentially Contaminated Medication: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 8 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

  [UPDATED 10/06/2012] On October 4, 2012, the CDC and FDA recommended that all health care professionals cease use and remove from their pharmaceutical inventory any product produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), located at 697 Waverly Street in Framingham, MA. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a multi-state investigation of Aspergillus meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. As of October 4, 2012, 35 cases have been reported to CDC, including 5 deaths. The three principally implicated lots have not been distributed in Massachusetts. According to CDC, fungal meningitis, which is not transmitted from persons to person, from a potentially contaminated drug product is suspected to be the cause of the o ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: New England Compounding Center (NECC) Potentially Contaminated Medication: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 6 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

  [Posted 10/05/2012] ISSUE: FDA has observed fungal contamination by direct microscopic examination of foreign matter taken from a sealed vial of methylprednisolone acetate collected from New England Compounding Center (NECC). FDA is in the process of conducting additional microbial testing to confirm the exact species of the fungus. Investigation into the exact source of the outbreak is still ongoing, but the outbreak is associated with a potentially contaminated medication. That product is preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml), an injectable steroid produced and distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. CDC’s interim data show that all infected patients received injection with this product. BACKGROUND: FDA was been working closely with CDC, several state health departments, and the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy to in ... Read more

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Officials Seeking Patients Who May Have Received Contaminated Steroid

Posted 5 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 5 – Health officials in 23 states are trying to track down patients who received steroid injections for routine back pain that may have been contaminated with a deadly type of fungus-related meningitis linked to five deaths and at least 30 cases of illness in six states. All of the patients were injected with methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid drug that investigators suspect was contaminated with a fungus usually found in leaf mold. The drug was manufactured by a specialty pharmacy, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., which last week voluntarily recalled three lots of the steroid. It has since shut down operations and stopped distributing its products, health officials said. U.S. health experts said Thursday they expect to see more cases of the rare type of meningitis, which is not contagious, because symptoms can take a month or more to appear. All of ... Read more

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After Tonsillectomy, Steroids May Not Increase Bleeding

Posted 25 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25 – A class of drugs commonly given to children undergoing tonsillectomy is not likely to increase the risk of serious bleeding after surgery, according to a new U.S. study. Corticosteroids, which are similar to a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands, have been used for many years to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting and to decrease airway swelling, according to background information included in the study. The practice was approved in guidelines for pediatric tonsillectomy developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2011. But European research recently concluded that the drugs can trigger increased bleeding or hemorrhage. The research was halted before it was completed due to the increased risk of bleeding that scientists were seeing among study participants. "The European study, which was well constructed and ... Read more

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