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University of Minnesota is cutting off-label use of post-surgery painkiller


September 3, 2019

The University of Minnesota Medical Center is scaling back its controversial use of a post-surgery painkiller — a drug championed by an anesthesiologist who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from its manufacturer.

Nurses received a memo this summer that the medical center was restricting its use of Exparel, citing a lack of published research to justify broad use of the injectable anesthetic. The memo stated “there was inadequate literature to support [Exparel’s] use in the majority of the surgical population.”


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