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Pharmacy in Jackson Case Had Money Problems

8/13/2009 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The pharmacy that was raided in Las Vegas Tuesday has something in common with Dr. Conrad Murray -- both apparently have had money problems.



We've pulled documents showing Applied Pharmacy Services, LLC was sued by the owners of the building it occupied in Pasadena, CA. for non-payment of rent. The landlord got a judgment of $143,267.73 -- that includes around $40,000 in back rent plus the amount that would have paid through the balance of the lease, which ended in September, 2011. The pharmacy abandoned the lease in September, 2008.

Dr. Murray was also dogged by money problems -- the bank has been trying to foreclose on his Las Vegas home, and he was ordered to jail for non-payment of child support (he never went).

Law enforcement sources told us when they searched Applied Pharmacy Services they were on the hunt for documents that might show the company sold Propofol to Dr. Murray. There are reports the DEA scored during the search.

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166.

Tracy    

China

I totally agree with you! well said! Some people just don't want to
see the truth because they feel better by being cruel.

Rest in peace Michael. You gave so much to the world. Forever in our hearts.

1862 days ago
167.

sue    

right on 181- china!!!! rip-mj--we love you------------- sue from tampa

1862 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

182. POST-178- VERY INTERESTING!!! that is very frieghtening to think
that someone would have to resort to that just to survive there
life.it certainly needs to be put out of reach for everyone to get
access to it.that is the problem today to many enablers getting the
stuff for other people...what ever happened to saying NO!!!!rip mj-
sue from tampa

Posted at 4:30PM on Aug 13th 2009 by sue
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I THOUGHT THAT PEOPLE SHOULD READ THAT. SO THEY KNOW MJ WASN'T THE
ONLY ONE USING THAT DRUG.

1862 days ago
169.

sue    

well it seems the good dr left mj hooked up to the propofol and went to make phone calls, so they are going to charge him with manslaughter or worse..his lawyer even confirmed he was indeed on the phone..its on hln right now!!!

1861 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

China
The thing is he had 3 kids. Who cares what the people or world thought of you. He had 3 kids that needed their father. But MJ didn't think about them now did he? He choose those drugs over those kids. If he truely loved those kids he would have stopped using drugs. He was a drug addict when he was on trial. So you can't blame it on that. He choose his drugs over evrything and everyone.

1861 days ago
171.

Tracy    

Michael was INNOCENT!!!

Follow the link!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfdBxFEgNd8&NR=1

1861 days ago
172.

Tracy    

China.

Thank you so much for your comments.

It's great to read the truth.

1861 days ago
173.

DesertChildAZ    

You know, Michael did have 3 kids. But I think the addiction to pain medication started well before the children were born. It was pre-existing. People were calling Michael "Wacko Jacko" well before the trial. Michael admitted in 1993 that he was entering rehab for addiction to pain medication. He did not deny it. Back then, pain medication was not on the same plane of addiction as crack or cocaine or other narcotics. A doctor prescribed it for you and you took it.

As of today, we do not know exactly what medication killed Michael. He had some prescriptive pills in his stomach, but since we haven't seen the autopsy or toxicology, there's no proof of what he was taking. I, personally, think the Propofol killed him, not the Xanax that may have been in his stomach or any pain medication he may have taken. I think Michael hired a doctor and spent alot of money to make sure he didn't die and leave those kids without a father. It was wasted money, unfortunately.

1861 days ago
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MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

180. The anesthetic Propofol, suspected in Michael Jackson’s death, has experienced a surge in abusers. Gerald Posner reports on a highly potent drug that’s largely unregulated.

Talking heads on TV universally express shock, in the aftermath of Michael Jackson's death, that anyone would abuse the powerful anesthetic Propofol outside of a hospital surgical setting. Subsequent to Jackson’s apparent overdose, only two instances have emerged of lay people addicted to Propofol. A 21-year-old American bought it on eBay and killed himself while administering it through an IV drip. A 25-year-old German became addicted through a supply he obtained from a local veterinarian clinic.

There is some evidence that Propofol is so strong that just the fumes from the patient’s mouth lead to a secondhand exposure.
But the largely untold story of Propofol addiction is that of the steadily increasing numbers of abusers among medical professionals, primarily anesthesiologists and the nurses who work with it. The Talbott Recovery Campus, in Atlanta, is the world’s largest and oldest treatment center for addicted medical professionals. In 2006, the center had 8 cases of Propofol abuse, 12 in 2007, and 27 in 2008. The numbers are small compared to problems with other prescription pills, especially with anesthesiologists who historically have one of the highest addiction rates among doctors. But the trend is moving in a worrisome direction for those who study it.

“In 2006, it was a phenomenon,” says Dr. Paul Earley, “but now it’s grown to the point where a year ago we instituted on our regular questionnaire whether there had ever been any Propofol abuse.”

Michael Jackson traveled with an anesthesiologist during his mid-1990s tour. It’s not yet known if he was then being administered the white milky substance that had been introduced in 1986. It was only in 1992 that the first human addiction case was recorded, a 31-year-old anesthesiologist who had begun injecting himself up to 100 times daily “to reduce his feelings of boredom, inner tension, and depression.” His addiction was only uncovered when he was found unconscious on the hospital’s bathroom floor one evening.

“There is a very narrow window between getting high, going unconscious, and dying, when it comes to Propofol,” says Dr. Earley. “Only a few cc's more than what's required to put a person to sleep can trigger fatal respiratory arrest. We see impaired professionals who have contusions on their face or body. That’s because they fell unconscious at a desk and hit their face, or literally fell out of a chair. And as you develop a tolerance to the drug, you need more to get high, and that brings someone close to the lethal level.”

Paul Wischmeyer, a University of Colorado anesthesiologist and one of the leading experts on Propofol addiction, became interested in the problem in when he learned that some colleagues were giving themselves minute injections of Propofol, producing a mellow, somewhat spacey high, that lasts only a few minutes. But even that high makes it impossible to function. “It’s not a subtle drug,” says Dr. Earley. "It's not like opiate narcotics, where you can be slightly inebriated on the drug and show up for work. Most of the time on propofol, you inject it and pass out.”

Three years ago, Wischmeyer began the first formal study of Propofol addiction in the medical community, “A Survey of Propofol Abuse in Academic Anesthesia Programs.” One hundred and twenty six anesthesia departments across the U.S. participated. Twenty percent admitted having encountered an addiction problem among staff. Although the numbers were small—25 abusers—Wischmeyer calculated a fivefold increase in Propofol abuse over the past decade. Nearly 40 percent of residents who abused Propofol ended up dead. Others, when confronted, left the medical field instead of staying in a line of work that put them in regular contact with such a powerful addictive substance.

There is some evidence that Propofol is so strong that just the fumes from concentrations around the patient’s mouth during a surgical procedure, where anesthesiologists spend many hours, lead to a secondhand exposure to “aerosolized Propofol,” which can create an increased risk of full-time abuse in susceptible persons. Another part of the problem, according to Wischmeyer, is that despite the evidence of its strong addictive potential, Propofol remains mostly unregulated. The FDA does not consider it a controlled substance, and surprisingly, there are no laws requiring the drug to be registered or accounted for at hospitals or medical clinics. Traditional pharmacy rules do not apply to it. Wischmeyer discovered that 71 percent of the medical facilities he polled did nothing to regulate Propofol. As opposed to the m

1861 days ago
175.

wtf    

grasshopper how much do you get paid? dont you have anything better to do? its not a courtrtoom here.. its just TMZ!

1861 days ago
176.

abena    

OH MY GOD! HE KILLED HIM!. I AM an anesthesiologist and with the latest story out about Murray leaving to make phone calls (and the spokeswoman for the attorney has confirmed it), this is my conclusion. Look, I use propfol everyday in my practice, on different patients. There is a reason anesthesiologists do not leave their patients unattended during surgery , it doesn't matter how healthy the patient may be. Anything can happen at any minute! and that is why patients are monitored constantly. if Murray is going to give MJ propofol without the appropriate monitors why leave the room? You are already behind the eight ball by giving propofol at home when you are not properly trained with its use. Why not be extra careful in administering it. Were the phone calls that important that you would leave someone on propofol in an unmonitored setting when you also know you do not have any of the appropriate rescue medications and equipment at your disposal?
MY GOD, OUTRAGEOUS! He needs to lose his medical license, THIS IS GROSS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. It has resulted in the loss of a human life. It didn't matter that Mj had other drugs in his system because propofol is so short acting (5 mins) that if you catch its effects early enough, it will not be as detrimental especially since MJ was being given a small dose in an iv drip so that he would continue to remain breathing,but asleep . As it stands, Murray must have been gone for SEVERAL minutes for respiratory arrest to occur, hypotension to occur, profound hypotension to occur, an arrythmia to occur then finally asystole. MJ rehearsed till 12:30 pm for 3 hours , I read. It takes a long time for a heart that healthy to go into cardiac arrest that is irreversible ( Some cardiac arrest is reversible). HE KILLED HIM. Even if 911 help had been called when Murray first found Mj and not tried to rescucitate him for 20 to 30 min on his own before calling,MJ would have had a chance. It would have taken paramedics 3 minutes to get there as happened much later on. Even my nurse anesthetist students who are 3 months into their 18 month clinical training could have managed MJ far better than Murray did. His greed was his biggest motivating factor and everything else took second place! Propofol is not like tylenol and Murray knew it since he is a physician (we all know this). I am sorry but OFF WITH MURRAY'S HEAD!!

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