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An expert in the Michael Jackson trial has accused the pop star’s physician of violating standards.

Dr Steven Shafer described Dr Conrad Murray as acting more like an employee than a medic by agreeing to give Jackson nightly doses of the potent anaesthetic propofol. Shafer helped write the guidance notes that come with propofol bottles and told the court Murray bowed to Jackson’s requests for the drug to help him sleep.

“A competent doctor would know you do not do this,” he said, adding that propofol should not be administered as a sleeping aid. “We are in pharmacological never-never land here, something that was done to Michael Jackson and no one else in history to my knowledge.”

Murray is facing involuntary manslaughter charges.