| August 10, 2009 | 1:02pm
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Dr. Alex Farshchian, the Miami Beach doctor who treated Michael Jackson, seemed to be very pro-active with his patient, to say the least.
Farshchian was reportedly concerned with Jackson's habit of sharing his bed with young boys.
"As a responsible doctor, Dr. Farshchian thought these tendencies were something Michael might address. Dr. Farshchian didn't necessarily think there was abuse going on -- but he was concerned there were inappropriate feelings towards minors which could be addressed," claims Ian Barkley, who was Jackson's official photographer from 2002 to 2006.
The drug allegedly prescribed was Depo Provera. It is typically used by women for birth control, injected every three months. In men, it can be used to restrict sexual urges.
Jackson and Farshchian originally met in 2001 when Jackson was being treated for a broken foot. Farshchian, according to the Mirror, traveled with Jackson in 2002 and 2003 and was in the room during the infamous baby-dangling incident. The friendship and doctor-patient relationship is said to have fizzled after the Martin Bashir interview and subsequent child molestation trial.
Police interviews conducted during Jackson's molestation trial reveal some of the singer's personal staff thought Farshchian was an "unethical doctor" but refused to elaborate.
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