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Why the FDA Is Requiring Label Change for Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

Earlier this spring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was requiring a label change for epidural corticosteroid injections used to treat pain. Epidural corticosteroid injections are used to treat back pain, neck pain, and pain that goes down the arms and legs. The label change warns of reportedly rare but serious complications from these injections.

What Are the Potential Side Effects?

According to the FDA Safety Announcement made on April 23, 2014, the risks of epidural corticosteroid injections include:

  • Loss of vision
  • Stroke
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Accordingly, the labels used on these injections must now warn physicians of these potential risks. Patients who receive these shots are urged to discuss the risks and potential benefits of the treatment with their doctors. Additionally, the FDA has indicated that it will convene an advisory committee meeting of external experts later this year to discuss whether any future actions should be taken.

What Should You Do If You’ve Been Seriously Hurt by One of These Shots?

If you have been injured by an epidural corticosteroid injection in Gurnee, or if your loved one died from complications of the injection in Waukegan, then you should find out more about your rights. You can begin the process by reading the free information we have available online about pharmaceutical class action cases and you can contact us directly to have your own questions answered.

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Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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