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Anna Nicole Smith's physicians will fight efforts to bar them from practicing

December 7, 2009 |  4:47 pm
Two physicians accused of over-prescribing addictive medication to Anna Nicole Smith will fight efforts by the state medical board to bar them from practicing medicine, lawyers for the doctors said Monday.

The board is expected to ask a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday to order psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and internist Sandeep Kapoor to suspend their practices and give up their right to prescribe controlled substances as conditions of bail.

A judge ruled in October that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try the two doctors and Smith’s longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, for conspiring to provide the model with excessive amounts of painkillers and other drugs in the years leading up to her fatal 2007 overdose. All three have pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for March.

A deputy attorney general wrote in court papers last month that the board was acting to stop the doctors from practicing in light of the evidence laid out against the trio in October.

“Waiting for a possible conviction to take action puts the public at risk,” Deputy Atty. Gen. E.A. Jones III wrote.

Kapoor’s lawyer questioned the board’s move, which came nine months after charges were filed. The timing “unfortunately suggests that the request may be tailored not for any legitimate purpose, but to deprive Dr. Kapoor of his livelihood and thus his ability to fund his defense,” wrote attorney Ellyn Garofalo.

-- Harriet Ryan