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Several lots of Propofol, the powerful sedative that’s often been mentioned in the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, have been recalled because a handful of orders of the drug were found to be contaminated, Propublica reports. While Jackson’s official cause of death is still pending the results of the toxicology report, the investigation has reportedly centered on Propofol, or Diprivan as its commonly known.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration have asked hospitals to stop using Propofol after lots of the drug contained too many endotoxins, a bacteria that can cause reactions such as fever, shock and — at its most extreme — death.
After Jackson’s initial autopsies, no defects were found that would have caused him to suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, fueling reports that drugs, and likely Propofol, played a role in the singer’s death. If that’s the case, an LAPD police chief said investigators might consider filing homicide charges in Jackson’s death.
FDA is issuing this alert to inform healthcare professionals about several clusters of patients who have experienced chills, fever, and body aches shortly after receiving propofol for sedation or general anesthesia. FDA has tested multiple units of propofol vials and lots used in patients who have experienced these symptoms and to date, these tests have not identified any vials contaminated with bacteria or endotoxins.
The CDC issued a health advisory Monday, saying two lots of a generic version of the drug had tested positive for endotoxin, a contaminant. The drug maker, Teva Pharmaceuticals, voluntarily recalled the lots.