Just a hypothesis here.
A vibrant, 55-year-old Denver-area furniture executive, Lesile Fishbein, is possibly near death according to The Denver Post:
The bubbly Fishbein, one of the most recognizable faces in the metro area because of her television ads for her company, Kacey Fine Furniture, was admitted to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital for emergency treatment on Tuesday. She had been given an injection for chronic back pain and suffered a serious reaction, the friends said. She was later placed on life-support, which was removed Friday evening. [emphasis mine]
The natural product and gout-relieving drug, colchicine, has been the cause of several deaths last year due to its inappropriate use in treating back pain and calculation errors by compounding pharmacies that provide the drug to alternative medicine practitioners. The FDA has recently announced action against those providing unapproved colchicine injectable formulations due to combined reports of at least 50 adverse reactions and 23 deaths.
I have no claim to any inside information but this very sad case smells funny to me. Potentially fatal reactions to a steroid injection for chronic back pain are incredibly rare, if non-existent. The Denver area has a high concentration of alternative medicine practitioners and I suspect that Mrs Fishbein did not receive a steroid but rather colchicine. An excellent drug when given orally, particularly for pain associated with gout, colchicine has a very low therapeutic index for safety when given as an injectable medication, hence the FDA action cited above.
I truly hope that I am wrong. Regardless, Mrs Fishbein has been part of the social fabric of Denver for many years and I enjoyed watching her commercials during my time in the Queen City of the Plains. Beyond this, she has contributed tremendously to causes throughout the Front Range area of Colorado.
Denver may lose a valued member of the business and philanthropic community. If her life has been threatened by the unapproved and reckless use of a natural product, I would hope that the practitioner responsible is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Our warmest wishes go out to Mr Sam Fishbein and the entire family.