Medical Expert: ‘Murray’s Drug Cocktail For Jackson Was Recipe For Disaster’

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October 13, 2011 | 2:30pm EST

The “cocktail” of drugs Dr. Conrad Murray chose to treat Michael Jackson was a “recipe for disaster”, a court has heard.
Murray is on trial for involuntary manslaughter amid allegations he administered the fatal dose of powerful anaesthetic Propofol which cost the King of Pop his life on 25 June, 2009.

On Wednesday, the jury at Los Angeles Superior Court heard testimony from leading Californian cardiologist Dr. Alon Steinberg, who claimed to have found six separate and distinct examples of “gross negligence” from Murray’s police interview, in which he gave his own account of his treatment of Jackson.

Steinberg also told the court that he’d never heard of treating insomnia issues with Propofol, a drug which should only be used in a hospital setting.

The professional criticism of Murray’s standard of care continued on Thursday, when the prosecution called on sleep expert and intensive care doctor Nader Kamangar to testify.

Kamangar testified that Jackson put himself at great risk by taking the mixture of sleep aids prescribed to him by his personal physician. He insisted the superstar was receiving “inappropriate care without appropriate monitoring by Dr. Murray”, backing up Steinberg’s concerns that the embattled medic had taken the wrong kind of action by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Jackson when he initially lost consciousness.

Kamangar added, “There was inappropriate access to the appropriate medical equipment, a delay in calling 911 and inappropriate resuscitation, which ultimately culminated in (Jackson’s) death.”

Lawyers for the medic, who has pleaded not guilty, maintain the singer injected himself with the drug which killed him.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its witness examination on Thursday after hearing from Propofol expert Dr. Steven Shafer.