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Anesthesia in Jackson Case Tracked

7/14/2009 7:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We've learned several pharmaceutical companies have been contacted by the DEA in the Michael Jackson case and we're told authorities are getting closer to identifying which person may have supplied the powerful anesthetic Propofol that appears to have killed the singer.

Sources tell us law enforcement found vials of Propofol in Michael Jackson's house after he died. The vials all have lot numbers. We're told several days ago the DEA contacted Teva Pharmaceuticals -- which manufactured one of the vials found at the house -- to determine who purchased it.

Teva sells Propofol to medical distributors, who then turn around and sell the vials to hospitals and doctors.

And, law enforcement sources say, the DEA also contacted other manufacturers of Propofol from the other vials found in Jackson's home.

Here's the problem. Although every vial has a lot number, the vials are not marked individually. There are thousands of vials in a lot. So the DEA and LAPD are trying to hone in on the culprit but, we're told, it's no easy task.


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91.

wondering    

Lee tells me that in 1999 he employed Dr. Neil Ratner, an anesthesiologist and former rock drummer, to put Michael through detox in Seoul. (Ratner, the government's star witness against prominent Manhattan gynecologist Dr. Niels Lauersen, who was convicted of insurance fraud in 2001, admitted to being stoned himself much of the time he injected his patients in the 80s and to once collapsing in an operating room after mistakenly shooting himself up with a paralytic agent.) "I met with the doctor on a regular basis," says Lee. "We were getting Michael off what he was addicted to, Demerol and morphine. His problem is a sleep disorder. He's up up to 48 hours at a time, and then crashes." When I ask Ratner about his work with Jackson in Seoul, he says, "Patient-doctor relationships are not something I choose to comment about."

In Washington, D.C., in 2001, after Jackson appeared at a benefit concert for 9/11 victims, he left his ubiquitous black bag filled with his prescription drugs behind. It was found by Washington police, who returned it, no questions asked.

http://www.vanityfair.com/fame/features/2004/03/orth200403?currentPage=2

1897 days ago
92.

chicken head    

wow!! that will really hurt her!!!! DUMB ASS!!!MJ IS A PERV LOOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bet you 1000%. Karma awaits you too, it's just around the corner and it doesn't miss the guilty ones like yourself .

Posted at 8:51PM on Jul 14th 2009 by Ellie

1897 days ago
93.

Advil    

Great coverage about the MJ saga..I love Michael Jackson more than anything....I feel sorry this great man had to fall victim to drugs....although this is not uncommon as the sensationalism is created about his death...so what I am going to ask next I am really concerned what happened to him....I mean his body.......Can you get the scoop as to why MJ is not BURIED..I read another tabloid in which his body was recently moved to the basement of the cemetary good grief!!! Is the family truly fighting over his burial and is there any confirmation they will go forward with his burial at Neverland?
Thanks
TMZ

1897 days ago
94.

sternbo    

The old saying,to many hands in the cookie Jar,maybe a couple of docs will lose there licence here in the us but these docs have money to get big time legal help,perhaps the police just attempt to persue murder charges but have fun pinning on someone directly to Jacksons death

1897 days ago
95.

adl    

49. 74. 47. What upsets me the most is all that blablabla saying that Michael Jackson was an addicted. But no one tell us why he got into this painkillers, what kind of PAIN would someone have that makes one need even anesthesia to sleep. What kind of desease is that, no lupus not even cancer would do so for such a long time.

Posted at 5:33PM on Jul 14th 2009 by Andrew

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Your stupid, it has been widley reported that Michale got hooked on drugs when he got burnt doing the Pepsi shoot.He got burnt badly and had to have skin graft, that means pain and pain killers. Now do you understand.
Posted at 5:38PM on Jul 14th 2009 by to little
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Do your homework before you speak,
In the raid at the house, back in 2003, they found Prednisone, which TMZ labelled as a “steroid”.
It’s actually a powerful corticosteroid, an immunosuppressant used as a last resort in auto-imuune diseases, such as lupus, because of its devastating side-effects. It basically turns off your white cells, which are rebelling against your own body. You have no or little immunity (hence the masks).

The side effects inculde:
* Weight Gain
* Glucose Intolerance
* Hypertension
* Increased Susceptibility to Infections
* Bone Thinning
* Easy Bruising
* Mood Swings/Insomnia
*Confusion
* Mental depression

The fact that this drug was found in his house shows he did suffer form an lupus, as he stated numerous times. Lupus is a a very painful disorder, often associated with vitiligo. Those of African American or Asian descent are more likely to have lupus.

Like I said, reasearch before you post. Same goes for TMZ.

Posted at 7:42PM on Jul 14th 2009 by marie
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You can do all the research in the world, but it still doesn't prevent assumptions.

Just because prednisone was found in his home doesn't mean it was for lupus. Could have been but not necessarily since prednisone is used for lots of things. And, it's not a drug of last resort. It's often the drug of first resort and is used very frequently. Could have been used for lots of things.

1897 days ago
96.

hamilTonyan    

No disrespect but when I look at his chin it reminds me a shaved beaver.

1897 days ago
97.

Deb    

Can we have an intelligent discussion that does not include name calling and bashing each other?

1897 days ago
98.

adl    

50. If an alcoholic goes on a drinking binge and dies - do people blame the manufacturers of alcohol?

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Nope...alcohol is a legal substance...available for purchase, no doctor visit or prescription needed.

Anesthesia in your home is a whole other matter. Can't get a prescription for it, can't purchase it at a pharmacy.
Someone had to hook up that IV drip....that's IF THERE WAS ONE AND THAT IS WHAT DID ACTUALLY OCCUR.
If a personal physician is in your home and does that....well, that's a whole other matter.

Posted at 7:43PM on Jul 14th 2009 by Penny

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It is a whole other matter and any doctor who gave him propofol without appropriate monitoring/setting should be punished, HOWEVER, I'm sure they didn't bust in MJ's house, hold him down, put an IV in him and force him to get the propofol. He sought out people to give it to him, so HE does, in fact, bear some of the responsibility. To deny he does is typical American behavior - no personality responsibility whatsoever.

1897 days ago
99.

house draven    

Please, TMZ, I beg you, enough with the Michael Jackson stories! Another week of this and I'm changing bookmarks to EW or some other option. Enough is enough is enough!

1897 days ago
100.

Boo Hoo    

Why did MJ have a female body part installed on his chin?

1897 days ago
101.

adl    

51. A few nights ago a panel on HLN was discussing the doctors, and their culpability. In their opinion, the doctor shopping gives them a defense.

Posted at 7:46PM on Jul 14th 2009 by Twinmommy
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Of course it does. If MJ went from doctor/dentist to doctor/dentist to get drugs then any one doctor may have been acting completely within acceptable guidelines while at the same time MJ ends up with way to many drugs and drugs that may interact with each other. The doctor/patient relationship is a two-way street. If a patient fails to disclose health/medication information or out right lies about it, then there is no way for a doctor to know that. The patient also has responsibility to give complete and accurate information. The reason for that is that it's impossible to give good care without complete information, and, as we've seen, it can kill you. Doctor shopping is a manipulation by the patient.

1897 days ago
102.

ELLIE    

HUMAN NATURE HAS STATED THE FACTS AND THEY ARE THE REAL FACTS. THIS CHANDLER FAMILY IS NO GOOD AND EVIL AND DECEITFUL AS ARE THE PERSONS WHO DO THESE TYPES OF THINGS AND THERE ARE MANY LIARS OUT THERE WHO LOWER THEMSELVES TO THE UMPH DEGREE TO GET MONEY AND TO HURT OTHERS OUT OF THEIR ENORMOUS ENVY AND IT IS DISGUSTING TO USE CHILDREN TO ASSIST THEM IN THEIR LYING ,IT IS THE LOWEST .SLIMIEST. THING THAT AN INDIVIDUAL CAN DO, BUT THERE IS A THING AND IT IS REAL AND IT IS THE UNIVERSES WAY OF BALANCING OUT AN EVIL AND IT IS CALLED KARMA AND THIS WILL STING MANY OF YOU EVIL PERSONS AS WELL AS THE GUILTY PERSONS AROUND MICHAEL'S PASSING, THOSE WHO WILL BE DIRECTLY FOUND OUT AND AS WELL AS THOSE WHO MAY BE ABLE TO HIDE TEMPORARILY UNDER THEIR SKIN AND COVERING OF LIES - ALL WILL BE PUNISHED , EVIL AND LIARS ARE ALWAYS PUNISHED WHETHER BY SICKNESS, ILLNESS OR THE EQUAL DEATH AND THE GUILTY WILL BE PUNISHED BE SURE OF THAT . i AM 1000% SURE FOR THAT , HAVE SEEN EACH TIME, WITH PATIENCE IT ALWAYS HAPPENS AT ONE TIME OR THE OTHER , EACH EVIL THAT YOU DO WITH YOUR HANDS AND EACH LIE THAT YOU TELL MAKES YOUR KARMA WHEN IT REACHES YOU ALL THE MORE POWERFUL TO KNOCK YOU DOWN OFF YOUR FEET,YOU MAY THINK NOW THAT YOU HAVE OUT SMARTED GOD, BUT HE IS SMARTER THAN YOU AND WILL GET YOU GUILTY PERSONS IN A BETTER WAY THAN ANYONE COULD EVER HAVE IMAGINED AND LET THESE WORDS STICK TO YOUR MINDS LIKE A GLUE AND NOT DISSAPEAR FROM YOUR THOUGHTS YOU GUILTY PERSONS BECAUSE IT IS COMING AND IT WILL KNOCK YOU DOWN WITH A THUMP AND ONE SOUND AND YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO MOVE OR TO LOOK BACK WHEN IT STRIKES YOU GUILTY ONES OF YOU OUT THERE.

1897 days ago
103.

wondering    

apparently Michael jackson was high as a Kite during his time playing with other peoples children

1897 days ago
104.

hamilTonyan    

he looks pie faced

1897 days ago
105.

Jenae    

#109 You are so right. These doctors are not mind readers, nor do they have crystal balls. They have to rely on the patient's honesty. When you go to doctors from many states, and countries getting medication, the final outcome rest on your shoulders.

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