Testimony before the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee Regarding Epidural Steroid Injections

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Public Citizen urges the committee to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require a boxed warning and contraindication against the use of steroids for epidural injection, based on the fact that there is a class-wide risk of rare but catastrophic adverse neurologic events that cannot be eliminated through current mitigation strategies. This risk far outweighs any limited benefits of such injections.