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Doctor: Drug ‘cocktail’ killed Michael Jackson
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dr. Conrad Murray’s use of a cocktail of drugs on Michael Jackson as he struggled to fall asleep on the day he died was a “recipe for disaster” and ultimately caused his death, a UCLA sleep therapy expert testified Thursday.
Dr. Nader Kamangar described Murray’s treatment as “unethical, disturbing and beyond comprehension.”
He said diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) and midazolam (Versed) were given to the sleepless star during a 10-hour period throughout the night and morning.
“This cocktail was a recipe for disaster,” Kamangar said.
Noting the addition of propofol (Dipravan), a powerful anesthetic used in surgeries, Flanagan asked: “Could this have caused death?’
“Absolutely,” Kamangar said. “Absolutely.”
Authorities say Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of propofol. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
The witness, one of the experts who evaluated Murray’s actions for the California Medical Board, expressed dismay about the drugs Murray gave the pop star, his failure to immediately call 911 for help, and his lack of monitoring and record-keeping.
“There were no records whatsoever,” he said. “It’s very easy to forget details. We do not rely on memory.”
“So it’s your opinion that there’s no way he could have remembered what he did if he didn’t write it down?” Flanagan asked.
“It is an egregious violation of the standard of care when you are using sedatives like propofol and you are not writing it down,” Kamangar answered.
The defense lawyer pressed on, asking, “Because he didn’t write down the pulse rate, oxygen saturation, heart rate … that didn’t kill Michael Jackson, did it?’
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