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ASA Statement Regarding Propofol

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    Posted: 22 Aug 2009 at 11:01pm
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August 6, 2009

ASA Statement Regarding Potential Scheduling of Propofol

As far back as March, 2009, The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Board of Directors voted to recommend to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that propofol be scheduled as a controlled substance medication under the Controlled Substances Act. This action was taken well before the recent media attention given to propofol and grew primarily out of our growing concern for the health and well being of anesthesiologists and other health care providers with access to this useful but potent anesthetic. ASA hopes that the tighter controls and monitoring that accompany scheduling will reduce the potential for abuse, while recognizing that such action will not completely prevent all problems associated with the misuse of propofol.

ASA policy clearly states that propofol should be used only in a controlled and monitored medical setting, by health care professionals qualified to administer general anesthesia and rescue patients, should problems arise.  Patients who have questions about propofol or their anesthesia prior to any surgery or a procedure should request a preoperative discussion with an anesthesiologist, the physician most qualified to provide and supervise the administration of any anesthetic.

ASA looks forward to working collaboratively with the DEA and other federal agencies, to ensure that any policies and regulations enacted achieve the highest level of safety for patients and providers alike.'


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