While it's not a familiar name in the prescription drug market, Propofol is actually one of the most widely used drugs in the medical field. Almost seventy five percent of sedatives used in this country contain Propofol in varying amounts. It's long been used to help patients relax and is usually used during general anesthesia. It's been on the market since 1989, but recent studies have brought to light a number of serious side effects and symptoms which make the drug far more dangerous than many people realize. If you have used Propofol or been given Propofol during a medical procedure and suffered serious side effects, there could be a chance that you can seek financial compensation for your injuries.
All drugs have side effects, but for drugs to be approved for use in America they must meet standards of safety that are managed by the Food and Drug Administration. Recent reports have linked Propofol to serious side effects including:
Major Post-operative Fever
Initially, these symptoms were something of a mystery until researchers began to examine the Propofol being used during sedation. These studies found alarming information that actually triggered three separate Propofol Recalls. The first recall was called for when researchers found that certain batches of Propofol contained highly elevated endotoxin levels. Exposures to high levels of endotoxin can trigger any of the major symptoms listed above, including death.
Another Propofol recall occurred in 2010 after particulates were found in the medication. Particulates are a type of substances similar to bacteria that are introduced to the drug when manufacturing processes aren't up to industry standards. The third recall occurred in June of 2012. It was essentially an expansion of the 2010 recall that was made once researchers discovered that the particulates involved were actually stainless steel particles that found their way into the Propofol.
While these recalls triggered a shortage in the availability of Propofol, the real concern is for the well-being of patients who were given Propofol that came from one of these recalled batches. If you or someone you love underwent a medical procedure involving sedation that used Propofol and developed any of the above symptoms, you may have a case for financial compensation.
Due to its widespread use, the number of people exposed to tainted Propofol could be incredibly high. If you or someone you love suffered injuries that match the symptoms above, you should discuss your situation with an attorney and find out more about your right to restitution.
Propofol is a sedative that is administered intravenously. It is usually used to help with sedation during general anesthesia and for mechanically ventilated adults. It helps create a dreamlike state that relaxes patients and provides a euphoric sensation. Whether for procedures, sedation for critically ill patients, or some other use, it is one of the most commonly used drugs in medical facilities today. But in the last few years there have been Propofol recalls, supply issues, and reports of serious side effects that have all combined to create a renewed interest in the safety of this drug.