Dr. Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson
According to a search warrant affidavit that was just unsealed, Dr. Conrad Murray had been treating Michael Jackson for insomnia (sleeplessness) for several weeks prior to Jackson’s death. Dr. Murray was using the following drugs: propofol (Diprivan), lorazepam (Ativan), midazolam (Versed) and diazepam (Valium) in various combinations and doses. None of these drugs are FDA-approved for treating insomnia.
None of this means, of course, that doctors can’t prescribe drugs for “off label” uses as described in our previous post: What drugs are doctors allowed to prescribe? Such off-label use is a matter of professional judgment and responsibility. Lee Cantrell, director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System, has referred to the Jackson case, however, as “horrible polypharmacy.” Polypharmacy simply refers to the use of multiple drugs in a patient.
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