Steroid injections for neck and back pain shouldn't get stern federal warning, panel says

November 26, 2014 1:31 AM

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — A panel of medical experts advising the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday decided not to recommend slapping the sternest federal warning on steroid injections for neck and back pain, allowing their use to continue relatively unchanged. Millions of Americans get such treatments annually.

The FDA had asked the panel to weigh in on whether the agency should require labels for the injections to carry the toughest federal warning, a so-called contraindication that essentially would have signaled to doctors that the risks of use outweighed any possible therapeutic benefit. The agency oft...

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