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What you need to know about: Back pain injections

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common treatment for certain causes of back pain. They received national attention after contaminated epidural injections in several states led to hundreds of fungal meningitis cases and dozens of deaths in 2012. Authorities isolated the source of contamination to one compounding pharmacy; other compounding pharmacies continue to provide valuable service. If you have an ESI, be sure to ask your doctor if the compound prescribed for you is…

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