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Pharmacist refused to fill drug order for Anna Nicole Smith; called it 'pharmaceutical suicide'

September 21, 2009 |  5:49 pm

The request for drugs for Anna Nicole Smith slid off the fax of a Valley Village pharmacy five days after the model’s son had died in the Bahamas. A psychiatrist wanted a medicine cabinet of pills – two  sedatives, 300 tablets of methadone, a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory drug and four bottles of a painkiller nicknamed “hospital heroin.”

The amount and combination alarmed the pharmacist, who later recalled thinking, “They are going to kill her with this.” He phoned Smith’s internist and said he had no intention of filling a prescription that amounted to “pharmaceutical suicide.”

Less than five months later, on Feb. 8, 2007, the 39-year-old overdosed on prescription medication in a Florida hotel room.

The account of the pharmacist’s warning is contained in recently unsealed affidavits written by state officials investigating the role her physicians and a companion played in her drug use.

The affidavits document similar admonitions from two other pharmacists and allege that Smith’s psychiatrist, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, and internist, Sandeep Kapoor, ignored obvious dangers in providing a smorgasbord of powerful and addictive drugs to a woman with a history of substance abuse.

The documents also cite evidence that both doctors separately transgressed professional boundaries by having sexual contact with their famous patient.

Los Angeles prosecutors charged the doctors and Smith’s boyfriend and lawyer, Howard K. Stern, in March with conspiring to illegally provide her with controlled substances. All three have pleaded not guilty.

A preliminary hearing is set for next month. In court papers filed last week, prosecutors indicated they plan to call as witnesses those close to the former Playboy Playmate, including her bodyguard and Larry Birkhead, the father of her daughter Dannielynn.

-- Harriet Ryan in Los Angeles

Photo: Francine Orr / L.A. Times

The former Playboy model opened up her personal life to the world with "The Anna Nicole Show," which aired on E! from 2002-2004.