2005P-0267 Remove from label for propofol (Diprivan) the warning that propofol should be administered only by trained persons
FDA Comment Number : EC101
Submitter : Mr. Peter Binder Date & Time: 10/13/2005 11:10:08
Organization : Mr. Peter Binder
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
Opening the door to allow anyone but trained anesthesia professionals to administer anesthesia is a terrible idea; one obviously prompted by avaricious doctors looking to cut costs and increase their reimbursement at the expense of patient safety. Allowing a minimally-trained doctor to administer their own anesthesia during a procedure is no different than allowing a teenager to talk on a cell phone while speeding down a highway during rush hour. Eventually, a distraction will emerge and disaster will occur.

I am not sure what scares me more: a gastroenterologist giving me possibly life-threatening anesthesia with the minimum amount of training, or a gastroenterologist missing a cancerous polyp because he/she is concentrating too much on the anesthesia. One thing is for sure: I certainly will not be thanking them for saving a few dollars or trying to earn an extra buck at the expense of my safety!