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PostSubject: the drugs...........   Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:54 am

"The Florida medical examiner investigating Anna Nicole Smith's death said he found 11 different prescription medications in the former Playboy playmate's hotel room -- all of them prescribed by one doctor within the last five weeks.

The drugs included hypnotics and other anti-anxiety medications, depressants and muscle relaxants.

More than 600 pills were missing, according to information obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Khristine Eroshevich, a psychiatrist and Smith friend, authorized all the prescription medications in Hollywood, Fla., the medical examiner's office said. Eroshevich had traveled with Smith to Florida, according to the AP.

Eight of the 11 prescriptions were written in the name of Howard K. Stern, Smith's companion, according to the medical examiner's records".


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PostSubject: Re: the drugs...........   Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:56 am

The drugs found in Smith's system included:

· Trichloroethanol (a sedative and hypnotic)

· Trichloroacetic acid (treatment of warts, including genital warts)

· Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (an antihistimine and sedative)

· Clonazepam (aka Klonopin; used for treating anxiety)

· Diazepam (muscle relaxant, used for treating anxiety, insomnia)

· Nordiazapam (sedative)

· Temazepam (a sedative and hypnotic)

· Oxazepam (a muscle relaxant and sedative)

· Lorazapam (anti-nausea, sedative, muscle relaxant)
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PostSubject: Re: the drugs...........   Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:57 am

Methadone - pain relief
Robaxin - muscle relaxer
Dalmane - sleeping pill
Cipro - treats infection
Topamax - for seizures and migraines
Paxil - sedating anti-depressant
Valium - muscle relaxer for anxiety
Dilaudid - pain relief
Morphine - more potent pain relief
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PostSubject: Re: the drugs...........   Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:00 pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17950486/

Most of Anna Nicole's prescriptions were issued under the name of her companion, Howard K. Stern, although other names also appeared

One doctor authorized all 11 prescription medications found in Anna Nicole Smith’s hotel room the day the Playboy Playmate died of a drug overdose, according to documents released by the medical examiner’s office Wednesday.

More than 600 pills — including about 450 muscle relaxants — were missing from prescriptions that were no more than five weeks old, according to information obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

It was unclear if Smith took all of them.


Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, a psychiatrist and friend of the starlet’s, authorized all the prescription medications in the Hollywood, Fla., hotel room where Smith was found unresponsive shortly before her death Feb. 8, the medical examiner’s office said. Eroshevich had traveled with Smith to Florida.

Calls to Eroshevich in Los Angeles were not immediately returned Wednesday. Candis Cohen, a spokeswoman for the California Medical Board, would not comment on any probe into Eroshevich; she said investigations of doctors are not public record.

Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward County’s medical examiner, said two other doctors also prescribed Smith drugs, but those medications were not found in her hotel room.

The type of drugs found in Smith’s system were disclosed with the release of her autopsy report last week, but the remarkable quantity of drugs she had was unclear until Wednesday’s release of additional records.

The powerful sleeping aid chloral hydrate, the medication blamed with tipping the balance in the toxic mix of drugs and causing her death, was prescribed Jan. 2. About two-thirds of the bottle was gone, according to the medical examiner’s records. The records also show 62 tablets of the anti-anxiety drug Valium were missing from a prescription less than two weeks old at the time of Smith’s death.

A probe by the Seminole Police Department agreed with Perper’s assessment that Smith’s death at 39 was an accidental overdose and that there was no foul play.

Most drugs prescribed in Stern's name
Most of the drugs were prescribed in the name of Howard K. Stern, her lawyer-turned-companion, and none were prescribed in Smith’s own name, according to documents. Perper has said all the drugs were meant for Smith.

Information released by Perper’s office shows eight of the prescriptions were issued under Stern’s name; one under Eroshevich’s name; and two were under the name of Alex Katz. It was unclear if Katz was an alias or the name of someone connected to Smith.

The records show Smith had three prescriptions for muscle relaxants in her hotel room: two for carisoprodol, prescribed Jan. 2 and Jan. 26, and one for methocarbamol, under the brand name Robaxin, prescribed Jan. 2. Some 415 of the carisoprodol pills were missing from their containers as well as 33 of the Robaxin pills, according to the documents.

Also missing were 79 tablets of the anti-seizure medications Topomax and Klonopin; and at least two dozen diuretics, antibiotics, antivirals and potassium supplements.

The newly disclosed documents did not mention the strong painkiller methadone or the anti-anxiety pill Ativan, both of which were found in Smith’s system. Also missing from the report was disclosure on who prescribed human growth hormone, the muscle-building, weight-reducing agent Smith was said to have been taking around the time of her death.

Two attorneys for Stern did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


Smith had a stomach flu and a temperature that rose as high as 105 degrees in the days before her death, and she had an infection on her buttocks from repeated injections. Both the flu and the infection were considered contributing causes of her death, according to the autopsy report.

Smith, a Texas high school dropout who became a topless dancer, married 89-year-old oilman J. Howard Marshall II. After his death, she took her fight for Marshall’s estimated $500 million fortune as far as the Supreme Court. That ongoing battle could make her infant daughter, Dannielynn, very wealthy. Stern and two other men have claimed to be the baby’s father.
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PostSubject: Re: the drugs...........   Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:03 pm

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=3010544


The Florida medical examiner investigating Anna Nicole Smith's death said he found 11 different prescription medications in the former Playboy playmate's hotel room -- all of them prescribed by one doctor within the last five weeks.

The drugs included Valium and other anti-anxiety medication, anti-seizure pills and muscle relaxants.

More than 600 pills -- about 450 of them muscle relaxants -- were missing, according to information obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Khristine Eroshevich, a psychiatrist and Smith friend, authorized all the prescription medications in Hollywood, Fla., the medical examiner's office said. Eroshevich had traveled with Smith to Florida, according to the AP.

This has people asking: What responsibility does a physician hold when prescribing medication?


Doctor's Dilemma
Dr. Tim Johnson, ABC News' medical editor, said that a doctor was ultimately responsible for the medication he or she put into circulation.

"When one doctor prescribes 11 different drugs, that doctor has two main responsibilities," Johnson said. "One, to know who is taking the drugs and keep up with that patient's medical condition and adjust drugs accordingly."

Eight of the 11 prescriptions were written in the name of Howard K. Stern, Smith's companion, according to the medical examiner's records.

Johnson said that didn't get the doctor off the hook.
"Certainly you have a responsibility to know that, if you're giving them to somebody other than the person who is supposedly the patient, what's going on?" he said.

Johnson acknowledged that doctors were in many cases caught between a "rock and a hard place" when prescribing medications.

"On the one hand, if they prescribe too much medication for a patient … they could be in trouble, even criminal prosecution," Johnson said.

But there has also been a movement in health care to provide more adequate pain management and mental health management for patients.

"So if they prescribe too little, they could be subject to malpractice," Johnson said.
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