US authorities are considering making the potent anaesthetic
propofol - one of the drugs found in Michael Jackson's home - a
controlled substance, which would put new limits on its
The Drug Enforcement Administration was petitioned two years ago
to make propofol 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
DEA spokesman Rusty Payne confirmed that the agency is
considering adding propofol to the list of controlled substances.
The brand-name version of propofol is called Diprivan. A nurse who
provided nutritional therapy for Jackson, Cherilynn Lee, has said
he asked her for Diprivan, but she said she did not provide it.
Jackson docs still being questioned
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.
A central question in the Jackson investigation is who provided
that drug and other prescription medications found at his rented
Beverly Hills mansion. Investigators are talking to doctors who
As part of the lengthy process of adding a drug to the
controlled substances list, the DEA asks for a recommendation from
officials at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS
experts can stop a drug from being added to the list if they
recommend against doing so. Congress can also add specific drugs to
the list through legislation.
The federal list of controlled substances is divided into five
categories, ranging from some of the most potent, like heroin, to
much milder products, like cough medicine with codeine. – (Sapa, July 2009)
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