The FDA is reporting a shortage of the drug, propofol. Propofol is a medication that is injected intravenously in order to induce anesthetic in dogs and cats. The most common use for propofol in animals is to administer it at the start of an anesthetic procedure. This renders the animal completely unconscious so that a breathing tube can be placed in order to administer a gas anesthetic.
According to the FDA, one of the manufacturers of propfol, Teva Pharmaceuticals is no longer making the drug. As a result, one of the other manufacturers, Hospira Inc is experiencing a shortage as they try to increase the amount produced in order to keep up with the increased demand. Another manufacturer, APP which makes Diprivan, (pictured at right) is not reporting any shortage.