Anna Nicole's Meds Were "Overkill," Says Hospital Doc

Hardcore drugs were normally for cancer patients

By Greg Wilson
|  Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM CDT
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Drugs Anna Nicole Smith was given by her doctor in the months before her death amounted to "overkill," a  hospital psychiatrist testified at a trial of three people charged with conspiring to get Smith improper prescriptions.

Dr. Nathalie Maullin testified Friday in Los Angeles that she was on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when Smith was brought in pregnant and in withdrawal from Methadone and Xanax. She said Smith because she was "putting on a show" and deferred questions to boyfriend Howard Stern, who was with her and is one of the defendants.

Maullin says she conferred with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and learned the drugs he was giving Smith were "hardcore medications" used for cancer and extreme pain. Kapoor, Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to charges including prescribing excessive drugs. They are not charged with causing her drug overdose death.

Smith died in February, 2007, of an accidental overdose of at least nine medications while staying at a Florida hotel. She had been living in the Bahamas and was allegedly receiving deliveries of prescription medications from her Los Angeles-based doctors.

Kapoor's lawyer, Ellyn Garafalo, has told the judge then the trial's outcome could have serious consequences for doctors and patients everywhere.

"Criminalizing a doctor's efforts to help a difficult patient is problematic," Kapoor's lawyer, Ellyn Garafalo, told the judge. "A doctor's even poor judgment is not criminal. Good faith is involved. "

Eroshevich's lawyers say she was Smith's pal before becoming her psychiatrist, though prosecutors accuse her of violating the ethics barrier between professional and personal relationships.
 

Selected Reading: The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Sun-Sentinel.com.

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