Anesthesia is a serious part of most surgical procedures. According to sign on San Diego the drugmaker Teva said Friday it won’t make any more of its sedative propofol, which could intensify a shortage of an anesthetic widely used in operating rooms. The drug is hard to manufacture and the company gets little or no profit from it, said Denise Bradley, a spokeswoman for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Teva is also facing almost 250 lawsuits connected to the drug. The Food and Drug Administration says there has been a shortage of the drug since last fall because manufacturing problems forced both Teva and Hospira Inc. to suspend manufacturing and recall some of their versions of the sedative. With no U.S. companies making the drug, the agency authorized the importation of a version approved in Europe. The drug became infamous last year when it was connected to the death of Michael Jackson. The singer died in June after overdosing on propofol and other sedatives that were administered by his personal doctor, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dr. Conrad Murray used the drugs to help Jackson sleep.
Dr Stuart Kincaid warns his patients that just because anesthesia is not general anesthesia it doesn’t mean it is safe or if it is general anesthesia it is unsafe. One of the many benefits of an ASPS board certified plastic surgeon like Dr Stuart Kincaid is that his surgeries are performed only in accredited surgical facilities. These facilities must adhere to strict guidelines for anesthesia and it administration. Surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia are safe under safe medical guidelines. The combination of drugs used in anesthesia are more safe than ever before. Dr Stuart Kincaid educates patients seeking plastic surgery procedures to choose carefully.
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