ASA Statement Addressing Threats to Propofol Availability

 

The American Society of Anesthesiologists commends Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on his decision not to use propofol in a manner that may have significantly affected the availability of this medication in America. ASA spearheaded an initiative to protect patient safety, including the production of an affidavit in support of anticipated litigation in this matter. ASA's membership and state component societies also were instrumental in this effort. We especially wish to acknowledge the efforts of the Missouri state society, which mobilized pivotal local action. Propofol’s wide-spread patient acceptance and tolerance in procedures requiring anesthesia make this medicine critically important to providing the most optional outcomes for patients.