The Texas Medical Board has restricted the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death from administering the drug authorities say was responsible for killing the pop star.
Dr. Conrad Murray cannot use or administer propofol, any anesthetic agent normally administered by an anesthesiologist, any other heavy sedatives or any form of general sedation in Texas as part of an agreed order issued by the medical board last week.
Murray, who was working as Jackson’s personal physician, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s June 2009 death in California from the anesthetic propofol and other drugs. He has pleaded not guilty.
A California judge also has prohibited Murray from administering propofol and putting patients under general anesthetic.
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 anesthetics. Murray can be part of a medical team providing propofol or other heavy or general anesthetics 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 practice in California. A court hearing regarding his California medical license 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 a month to keep Jackson healthy through the comeback tour, told police he had been treating the singer for insomnia.