ASA Addresses Threats to Propofol Availability

Chicago — (October 11, 2013) 

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 for the anesthetic care of patients in America. Propofol’s wide-spread patient acceptance and tolerance in procedures requiring anesthesia make this medicine critically important to providing the most optimal outcomes for patients.

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.


Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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