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Research has shown that corticosteroids injected into the joint work for reducing knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. But how long does the effect last? Osteoarthritis is a chronic problem, so long-term solutions are needed. Just how well do steroid injections work? According to the results of this study: the pain reducing effect lasts about one week. Steroid injections offer short-term pain relief but they aren't advised for more than that. Since we know that almost half of all adults age 80 and older will have osteoarthritis of the knee, finding ways to decrease the painful symptoms is important if these folks are going to stay active and independent. Not only that, but almost one-quarter of the entire U.S. adult population have some symptoms of arthritis. That's a staggering statistic and a significant one given the focus on physical activity and exercise as the best way to stay healthy, avoid weight gain, and manage diseases like osteoarthritis as well as diabetes and high blood pr...
A rare fungal form of meningitis has sickened 121 people in 10 states, killing 12. Sadly, officials say that count is certain to rise. Thus far, the majority of cases reported have been in Tennessee. The tally as of early this morning is 39 cases in Tennessee, 24 in Virginia, 25 in Michigan, 12 in Indiana, eight in Maryland, six in Florida, three in Minnesota, two in North Carolina and one each in Ohio and New Jersey. However, the number of cases continues to rise fairly quickly so by the time you read this, those numbers may have changed.
The outbreak has been linked to methylprednisolone acetate , a steroid that is injected into the spine to treat back pain and inflammation. Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Health Commissioner, said they had pinpointed three lot numbers of the drug, produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Farmington, Mass., as the source of the fungus.
The manufacturer issued a voluntary recall of the three lots of methylpredn...
On October 5, I reported a recall of three lots of methylprednisolone acetate manufactured by the New England Compounding Center that could impact Migraine treatment. (See Methylprednisolone Recall Could Impact Migraine Treatment .) Methylprednisolone is sometimes used in nerve block injections for Migraine, so we all needed to be aware of the recall if we were considering this treatment.
Today, the FDA has issued an additional statement through their Medwatch program. To be sure you have all the available information, here's information about that statement:
FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised
AUDIENCE : Pharmacists, Risk Managers, Pain Medicine
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 surveillan...
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