Over 54 million people in the United States have arthritis and a large percentage of those are affected by it [Source: Centers for Disease and Control]. Many of these individuals find themselves seeking treatment from their physician in hopes of feeling some sort of relief from the chronic pain. While many elect to have steroids injected into the site where inflammation is present, others try alternative methods that don’t require the use of steroids. Sadly, there are risks and symptoms that come along with having a knee injection, some of which are caused by the negligence of the manufacturing company who distributed them. And just last month, we have learned that certain Synvisc-One knee injections may be contaminated with a microbial and could potentially be harmful to those who received the shot. Sanofi Genzyme, which is an American biotechnology company based in Massachusetts, “has initiated a voluntary product recall for one lot of Synvisc-One, a brand of hyaluronic acid” [Source: Arthritis Foundation]. The purpose of hyaluronic acid injections is to help improve knee pain from osteoarthritis for patients who “haven’t been helped by more conservative treatments, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).” The lot apparently contains the presence of a microbial contamination that has been linked to an unexpected increase in side effects. As a result, an urgent letter was sent out to doctors, clinics, and pharmacies who received the syringes, informing them to stop using the knee injections. Unfortunately, there is still a chance some of these shots have already been administered. The voluntary product recall comes after an ongoing investigation revealed the presence of a microbial contamination. But, there are thousands of forms of microbial, some that could potentially be fatal to humans. So, without knowing what type was present, it only puts those who may have been injected with an infected syringe at a higher risk of suffering from harsher symptoms than those listed on the package. Some of the symptoms that are listed include pain, swelling, heat, redness, and fluid build-up in or around the knee.
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