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Medication Routinely Used To Treat Back Pain, Joint Swelling Causing Some Concern

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A medication routinely used to treat back pain and joint swelling is causing some concern. Seven people in the Midwest and South are suffering complications after being injected with the drug. Health officials are on the case, because this particular medication has a very painful history. ABC News' Susan Saulny has the story in a WJBF News Channel 6 Medical Report.
A medication routinely used to treat back pain and joint swelling is causing some concern. ABC News' Susan Saulny has the story in a WJBF News Channel 6 Medical Report.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is focusing a new investigation on a small pharmacy in west Tennessee, the Main Street Family Pharmacy in Newbern.

Health officials say seven patients developed skin abscesses after being treated with a possibly contaminated injectable steroid made at the pharmacy.

The FDA is recommending that doctors immediately stop using any sterile drugs distributed by the pharmacy. They say it's too early to tell how many people may have been injected with the drug. It's already been shipped to at least 13 states...from California to the Carolinas.

The steroid in question, methylprednisolone acetate, is the same drug at the center of last year's deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, which killed 55 people and sickened more than 700. Those cases were linked to one pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Now, there's no hard evidence yet that these drugs from Tennessee were contaminated, but until an investigation is complete, officials are treating them as though they are hazardous.

Click here for more information on the investigation on the FDA's website.

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