April 23, 2010
FDA Hosts Call and Posts New Web Page with Questions and Answers on Propofol Shortage
On April 23, 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
hosted a stakeholder call to provide an update about the ongoing
shortage of propofol and other anesthetic drugs. During the call, the
Agency also announced a new page on its website that answers a number
of questions that FDA and ASA have been fielding about the shortages.
In addition to the Q&A section, the new web page contains a link to
the FDA’s drug shortage website, to access the latest information on
individual drug shortages, as well as instructions on how to report
drug shortages or problems you or your pharmacy are experiencing in
obtaining certain medications.
The ASA is grateful to the FDA and its staff
for their ongoing efforts to address this important issue and provide
regular updates to ASA and its members. ASA encourages members to
continue to provide FDA with information about the drug shortages they
are experiencing in their practice. The more information you can
provide the FDA, the better equipped they will be to intervene and help
prevent further shortages.
To access FDA’s new site, learn more about anesthesia drug shortages or report a shortage, click here.
To listen to a free replay of the April 23rd
FDA stakeholder call, please dial 866-452-2115 or 203-369-1219
(international) and enter the passcode, which is 3571. The recording
will remain available through May 23, 2010.