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WASHINGTON — An injectable drug that the manufacturer says is too dangerous to use along the spine is growing in popularity for back pain as doctors turn away from opioids. The anti-inflammatory drug, called Depo-Medrol and made by Pfizer, is approved for injection into muscles and joints. Once a drug is approved, however, doctors may legally prescribe it however they see fit. And doctors have long given Depo-Medrol shots, or the generic equivalent, close to the spinal cord for painful backs, necks and conditions like spinal stenosis.
"We need to be creative and open to all potential solutions," said an official with the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. "More and more people are looking for new and innovative ways to treat pain," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
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