NFLPA files grievance regarding Toradol waivers

Posted Dec. 12, 2012 @ 12:43 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The NFLPA filed a grievance against the NFL Management Council for allowing team physicians to make “unilateral and unprecedented attempts” to force players to sign waivers before being prescribed Toradol.

Per the NFLPA, the NFLMC assured them that it would instruct clubs not to ask players to sign such contracts as part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. “However, it has, to this point, refused to give the same directions to team physicians.”

The grievance asks for an arbitrator to make “null and void previously executed liability waivers involving the use of Toradol and (mandate) team physicians to cease and desist from requiring players to sign releases as a condition of receiving appropriate medical treatment.”

Toradol is a painkiller that can act more quickly than other anti-inflammatory drugs. In December 2011, a dozen former players filed a lawsuit against the NFL because of the administering of Toradol without knowledge of the consequences.

“The plaintiffs have described the situation as one of being in a pregame locker room with players lining up to receive injections of Toradol in a ‘cattle call’ with no warnings of any sort being given, no distinguishing between different medical conditions of the players, and regardless of whether the player had an injury of any kind,” the suit alleged, according to The New York Times.

The NFLPA states that if a club physician is concerned of the long-term effects of Toradol, the physician “should not administer Toradol and require that a player sign a waiver of liability before doing so. If, on the other hand, there is no such concern on the part of the Club’s medical staff, it should advise the player that the use of Toradol is appropriate.”