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Back study deals blow to pain drug etanercept
USA Today

Our aching backs still can’t get a break. The genetically engineered drug etanercept, hailed as a breakthrough in safe pain management, is no more effective in the long term than other back pain treatments, research published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds. Back pain torments nearly two-thirds of Americans and is the leading cause of disability in people 45 and younger. Physicians have used epidural steroid injections to treat sciatica, pain radiating from the back into the buttocks and legs.

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