FDA staffers say that Eisai sedative appears safe

FDA staffers say that an experimental sedative developed by Eisai appears to be safe, but wants outside experts to consider whether it's safe enough to be administered by workers untrained in general anesthetics. Eisai gained rights to fospropofol disodium with its acquisition of Minneapolis-based MGI Pharma. And an FDA expert committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to consider Eisai's application for marketing approval. The sedative is designed for use during a number of procedures, including colonoscopies. Researchers say the sedative has a safer profile than existing meds.

- read the report in the Wall Street Journal

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