Recalled Sedative Not in Use at Scripps Hospitals and Clinics

Scripps Health confirmed today that a generic version of the anesthesia medication propofol recalled because of safety concerns is not in use at any of its facilities.

“After the recall, we performed a very careful, methodical review at our pharmacies across the system,” said Edward Jai, senior director of corporate pharmacy at Scripps Health. “Based on our findings from this investigation, we know the product in question is not in our inventories at any hospital or clinic.”

Propofol is a short-acting anesthesia medication which is commonly used for sedation during medical and surgical procedures. In November of 2009, Hospira, which makes a generic version of the drug, initiated a recall of its products because some of the containers may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process with particulate matter, primarily made of stainless steel particles. Because these contaminants do not dissolve in blood, they could potentially act as emboli and impede blood flow. In recent months, the drug maker expanded the recall to include a wider range of its product supply.

“Scripps has received questions from concerned patients about the recalled drug,” said Jai. “We want to let our community know that we take recalls very seriously and we have safeguards in place. Patient safety is our number one priority.”

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