Drug Linked to Jackson Death Focus of Recall

Feds report about 40 bad reactions from patients around US
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 7:11 PM CDT
The Teva Pharmaceuticals building in Irvine, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – Add this to the tangle of drug-related reports surrounding Michael Jackson's death: Some lots of the potent sedative propofol are being recalled because of contamination, reports ProPublica. Vials of the anesthetic were reportedly found in Jackson's house, though the recall has been triggered not by Jackson's case but by bad reactions from about 40 patients elsewhere. TMZ, meanwhile, says investigators are zeroing in on which doctor supplied Jackson with the drug.

The CDC and the FDA have told doctors to stop using propofol from two lots produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals, which has agreed to a voluntary recall. Because officials have yet to confirm the discovery of propofol at Jackson's house, it's all but impossible to determine whether his vials could have been affected. Teva, meanwhile, is working with investigators to go through its supply chain to determine which of Jackson's doctors had access to the drug, sources tell TMZ.