Hundreds in Minnesota report signs of stroke, meningitis

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 9, 2012 - 12:19 AM

But still unknown: Are the symptoms caused by injections of contaminated steroid?

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fearleseepOct. 8, 12 3:36 PM

Why are there so many people on steroids?

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hungry4newsOct. 8, 12 4:08 PM

To be clear, these were patients with back pain having a injection done generally under Floroscopy. The injection was meant to relieve pain. My concern is why was MAPS using this 2 bit compounding pharmacy in NE. It looked like a small mom and pop shop in a strip mall. I prefer my meds to come from a little larger company that has rigorous quality Control standards and testing. The small size and lack of financial backing is only confirmed as this pharmacy has closed its doors. My guess is MAPS and others bought the drugs here because they were 2. 45 cents cheaper. Again buyer beware Regarding the number of possible victims. I think we would all feel shortness of breath, and other physco somatic symptoms if we were told that we were given a drug that has a 25% mortality rate. I can only image the lack of sleep and anxiety one would have while you wait to see if your + for the meningitis . BTW, a spinal tap isn't exactly considered fun either.

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roysandstromOct. 8, 12 4:12 PM

Prayers for all the people & families who have been made ill from medicine. PAIN is a real problem. No mention of the normal % of persons who get injection and NEVER walk again (opps side effcet of injection)....and cannabis remains illegal. One more reason to re-think prohibition as cannabis is good option for pain/nausea and other uses (no deadly overdose).

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falcon1681Oct. 8, 12 4:16 PM

And our for profit healthcare system needs no overhaul and oversight, now does it righties?

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BroonieOct. 8, 12 4:19 PM

fearleseep, if you can tell me why my sister-in-law had chronic back pain, I will tell you why there are so many people on steroids. She had surgery and it helped for awhile, but the pain intensified. She committed suicide because of the severe pain - about 4 years ago, a great loss for her husband and children.

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StarquestOct. 8, 12 4:25 PM

@hungry4news These clinics were using the compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts because the cost of the drug was lower.

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oldkatykatOct. 8, 12 5:09 PM

Some pain clinics "push" these injections, even to patients for whose injuries the injections are not indicated. I have wondered what their reimbursement is for that procedure because they push it so much. The injections are invasive and scary and for some people do nothing but waste time they could be spending at work, with no guarantee they won't be paralyzed when they are done.

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olneymacOct. 8, 12 5:54 PM

I quit MAPs over a year and a half ago because I didn't like the way they operated, more into massive profits rather than patient care. just saying!

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hungry4newsOct. 8, 12 6:09 PM

@Starquest... No doubt. As there would not be any other logical explanation. Again I prefer my medications come from a larger facility with a better quality control protocol.

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takethisOct. 8, 12 6:14 PM

Steroid injections are done too quickly without positive outcomes. They are paid for by insurance companies and that is why they are done..... because there is money in it. Sometimes folks just have to live with pain.

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