Friday 23 March 2018

Jackson doctor's licence restricted

Dr Conrad Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson
Dr Conrad Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

The doctor charged over Michael Jackson's death has had his licence restricted by a US medical board.

The Texas Medical Board ruled Dr Conrad Murray cannot use or administer propofol, any anaesthetic agent normally administered by an anaesthesiologist, any other heavy sedatives or any form of general sedation in Texas.

Murray, who was working as Jackson's personal physician, denies involuntary manslaughter from the anaesthetic propofol and other drugs in the case of the singer's June 2009 death.

A California judge has also prohibited Murray from administering propofol and putting patients under general anaesthetic.

The medical board's order does not prohibit Murray from prescribing or using other medications, including pain medication, anti-anxiety medication or local or topical anaesthetics. Murray can be part of a medical team providing propofol or other heavy or general anaesthetics as long as he does not personally administer or prescribe them.

The medical board said it took the action as a result of the charges Murray faces in Jackson's death.

Murray, 57, a cardiologist, has clinics in Las Vegas and Houston and also has a license to practise in California. A court hearing regarding his California medical licence is set for June 14.

Jackson was 50 and about to launch a series of comeback shows in London when he died after being rushed to a hospital from his rented mansion. Murray, who signed on in May at 150,000 dollars a month to keep Jackson healthy through the comeback tour, told police he had been treating the singer for insomnia.

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