SBD/June 28, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFLPA Sends Memo To Agents Asking Them To Warn Clients Of Toradol

The NFLPA yesterday in an e-mail asked NFL player agents to contact their clients immediately to warn them of the dangers involving the drug Toradol and encourage them not to sign any form waiving their legal rights to sue any NFL club that provided the drug to them. Toradol, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which is also a pain releiever, has been used for years but is on the rise in NFL locker rooms, the NFLPA said in the memo. “However, there has also been a concern that Toradol is being provided by team physicians and/or requested by players as a prophylactic medication in order to reduce anticipated pain during and after an NFL game, as opposed to it being prescribed as a result of an injury," the memo said. The NFLPA memo said that an NFL club for the first time recently has attempted to get NFL players to sign a form in which the player would waive any future claims against the club or its employees arising out of his use of Toradol. The NFLPA did not name the club, but attached a copy of the release form. “It is therefore the official policy of the NFLPA that you immediately contact your player-clients to inform them of this issue concerning Toradol use and strongly discourage them from ever signing any informed consent and/or waiver covering the use of Toradol.” NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello in an e-mail said the league was not aware and had not advised clubs to ask players to sign a waiver regarding the use of Toradol.
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