‘Michael Jack­son drug’ still prompts cu­rios­ity from pa­tients

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NEWS -

It re­mains the most widely used anes­thetic in U.S. hos­pi­tals, but many pa­tients still re­mem­ber propo­fol as the drug that killed Michael Jack­son.

Most are no longer afraid of it, doc­tors say, though many still ask if they will get “the Michael Jack­son drug” be­fore an oper­a­tion. And most of them will.

Jack­son died 10 years ago at his Los An­ge­les home af­ter re­ceiv­ing a lethal dose of the drug in­tended for use only dur­ing surgery and other med­i­cal pro­ce­dures — not for insomnia.

As Jack­son re­hearsed for his come­back tour, he strug­gled to sleep. Pros­e­cu­tors said Jack­son’s per­sonal doctor Con­rad Mur­ray gave the singer propo­fol, as he had many times be­fore, then left him unat­tended. Mur­ray, who main­tains his in­no­cence, was con­victed of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter in 2011.

A look at the his­tory and safety of propo­fol:

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