Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Pharmacist testifies he refused to fill drug order for Anna Nicole Smith

This is a bit old but I thought it was an interesting pharmacist-related article.

From the Los Angeles Times:
A Valley Village pharmacist testified today that he refused to fill a drug order for Anna Nicole Smith the year before her fatal overdose because the quantities of medication requested by her psychiatrist amounted to “pharmaceutical suicide.”

“If she got ahold of these medications, it could have fatal consequences,” pharmacist Ira Freeman told a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge hearing evidence against the psychiatrist, another doctor and Smith’s boyfriend.

Freeman recounted being stunned by the handwritten list of a half-dozen painkillers, muscle relaxants and sedatives faxed to his store Sept. 15, 2006 – just four days after Smith’s son had died.

Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, a psychiatrist who had flown to the Bahamas to treat the model, signed the list and Smith’s Studio City internist, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, forwarded it to the pharmacy, he said.

“This is crazy. This is pharmaceutical suicide,” he recalled telling Kapoor in a phone conversation. He said he was so concerned that he tracked down Smith’s boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, in the Bahamas and arranged through him for Eroshevich to consult by phone with a respected toxicologist. ...more

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