ACG tells FDA physicians are struggling with drug shortage

Drugs used by gastroenterologists during endoscopic procedures are among those in short supply nationwide, and ACG has written to FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to express concern. The letter said ACG members are “experiencing tremendous difficulty” getting drugs such as fentanyl, meperidine and midazolam, and added that procedure costs could increase if physicians need to use propofol instead, as it necessitates the presence of an anesthesiologist. Anesthesiology News (free registration) (3/2012)