Seven People Suffer Complications After Using Common Pain-Reliever

FDA investigating steroid injection after patients developed skin abscesses from treatment.
1:18 | 05/25/13

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medicine routinely used to treat back pain and joint swelling. 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 already has a controversial history. Here's susan soulny tonight. Reporter: The food and drug administration is focusing a new investigation on this small pharmacy in west tennessee, the main street family pharmacy. Health officials say seven people developed skin abscesses after being treated with an injectable steroid made at the pharmacy possibly contaminated. They recommend that doctors immediately stop using any drugs sold by the pharmacy. It's too soon to tell how many people were injected with the drug. It's already been shipped to 13 states from california to the carolinas. They shouldn't be in business. When you talking about somebody's health, that's serious. The steroid in question is the same drug at the center of last year's deadly outbreak of functional meningitis which killed 55 people and sickened more than 700. Those cases were linked to one pharmacy in massachusetts. Reporter: There's no hard evidence that the drugs from tennessee are contaminated but until an investigation is complete, officials are treating them as hazardous.

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