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Doctor says Anna Nicole had chronic pain syndrome
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anna Nicole Smith suffered from pain most of her life, a doctor testified Wednesday, saying he treated her with prescription drugs to alleviate her chronic pain syndrome even though he considered her an addict.
“People with substance abuse disorders have the right to pain relief,” said Dr. Victor Kovner, who treated Smith for three years before he sold his practice to Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, a defendant in the drug conspiracy case.
“Did you perceive her to be an addict?” Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose asked the physician.
“Yes. I believe she had addictive behaviors, but it was controlled,” Kovner replied.
Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Smith’s boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern have pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiring to provide Smith with excessive drugs, prescribing to an addict, and prescribing to Smith under fraudulent names.
They are not charged with causing her 2007 death from a drug overdose.
“He was very responsible regarding her medications,” the doctor said. “He was concerned about her overusing.”
Kovner later learned she had suffered from migraines and seizures as a child. She also reported pain in her back, arm and intestinal area.
Kovner acknowledged under cross-examination that he and other unnamed doctors before him had prescribed medications for Smith under three different names _ Anna Nicole Smith, her stage name; Vicky Lynn Marshall, her legal name; and Michelle Chase, a pseudonym.
Smith, like many celebrities, used alternate names to keep their medical information from becoming public, the doctor testified.
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