Gastroenterologists and anesthesiologists are fighting over the use of propofol:

Dr. Edgar Canada, president of the California Society of Anesthesiology, adds that unlike many sedatives, propofol does not have an antidote to reverse unintended effects. The petition by the rival group is “troubling in terms of patient safety,” Dr. Canada says. “Gastroenterologists lack the training and experience.”

But gastroenterologists counter that anesthesiologists are just protecting their turf and that the drug is not as risky as they are making it out to be.

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