DEA Considering New Limits on Drug Targeted in Michael Jackson Case

Celebrity News Jul. 15, 2009 AT 7:40PM
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Federal authorities are considering making propofol -- one of the drugs found in Michael Jackson's home -- a controlled substance, the Associated Press reports. Such action would put new limits on its distribution.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration was petitioned two years ago to greater regulate propofol, a potent anesthetic, and to make it a so-called "scheduled" drug under the Controlled Substances Act. That designation is used to impose restrictions on distributing and prescribing certain drugs prone to abuse and addiction.

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DEA spokesman Rusty Payne confirmed Wednesday that the agency is considering adding propofol (the brand name version is Diprivan) to that list.

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Until Jackson's death, the main concern about propofol was its potential for abuse by medical staff because it is usually administered intravenously in hospitals to patients who need to be unconscious for surgery or other procedures.

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