Conrad Murray apparently wasn't the only doctor to give pop star Michael Jackson propofol.
On Thursday night, Dr. Drew spoke exclusively with Dr. Patrick Treacy, who said he gave Jackson the powerful anesthetic on two different occasions.
Dr. Treacy, a cosmetic dermatologist from Dublin, Ireland, says he first met Jackson while treating him for his dermatologic conditions.
“Tell us… when, where and why you gave Michael propofol?” Dr. Drew asked at the opening of the interview.
Dr. Treacy said there were issues relating to medical confidentiality that would prevent him from talking about all aspects of his care for Jackson, but he did reveal some bits of information.
“Michael had dermal fillers in his face – the area around his nose,” Treacy explained. He said Jackson was very “hypersensitive” because of a previous surgery that he had, and he wanted sedation prior to getting some fillers in his face.
Dr. Treacy said he had treated Jackson five or six times. On two of those occasions, Jackson received propofol, where an anesthesiologist was present. “That was his [Michael Jackson’s] request,” Treacy said. That’s why Treacy believes that Jackson didn’t self-administer the anesthetic.
“Are you as concerned as I am that he [Michael Jackson] keeps being called an insomniac?" Dr. Drew asked. “At no point do I see any of the physicians who are treating that insomnia – attempting to decide... Is he in withdrawal? Is he depressed? Does he have hyperthyroidism? Is there something else causing this insomnia? There’s no diagnosis – only the symptom of insomnia, which is the same as saying they’re treating a fever... very disturbing.”
Dr. Treacy added that his most serious concern about the Conrad Murray case, which he says he’s been watching, "is the fact that sort of, you know, the defense immediately turned around and said that Michael Jackson could have killed himself… and a syringe was found underneath the bed."
“OK, if we look at the facts... why is propofol so popular with anesthesiologists? Treacy asked. ”If you give injection of it, there is no antidote, but it only last four minutes and it wears off. So, if he took a 20 mil syringe himself, the most he can give himself a shot of is 200 milligrams, which would only keep him asleep for four minutes and he would wake up again. So, it is almost physically impossible that Michael Jackson could have killed himself.”
“I completely agree,” Dr. Drew responded. "And this idea of it being a perfect storm that killed him instantly is also a bizarre notion … even let’s say it was enough to cause respiratory suppression, you're looking at quite a period of time before someone is dead.”
Dr. Treacy was Michael Jackson’s doctor when he lived in Ireland in 2006-2007.
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