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Michael Jackson's doctor banned from administering heavy sedatives

February 18, 2010 |  7:00 am

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was with Michael Jackson at the time of the music legend's death last year, is escorted by a law enforcement officer into the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, where he was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Murray pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $75,000.

The California Medical Board has issued an order preventing Michael Jackson's doctor from administering heavy sedatives.

Conrad Murray "was placed on restrictions/limitations on his medical practice as follows: restricted from using any anesthetic agent, specifically propofol, nor prescribe it, and not administer any other heavy sedative medications that should generally be administered by any anesthesiologist and may not sedate people personally," the board said in a statement. "This order is to cover the state of California, Texas, Nevada, Hawaii and anywhere else Dr. Murray may be currently licensed in the United States."

Los Angeles prosecutors this month filed involuntary manslaughter charge against Murray, a cardiologist hired to care for Jackson during the pop star's ambitious comeback attempt last year. Murray pleaded not guilty.

Officials allege Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the operating-room anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

"I don't want you sedating people," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz told Murray at the court hearing.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times