The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society has contacted AstraZeneca to confirm that all Canadian supply of DIPRIVAN® (propofol) is directly sourced from the European Union. The supply of DIPRIVAN® (propofol) does not enter Canada through the United States. This confirmation is in light of recent media statements of anticipated propofol drug shortages in the United States.
The European Union Council presently prohibits ‘trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment’ and there is the potential threat of import restrictions by the European Union for propofol against the United States' market. It is important to note that these import restrictions do not apply to the Canadian market.