- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pharmaceutical experts testifying in the Anna Nicole Smith drug trial have been told by a judge to tone down remarks that might be inflammatory.

The order given Tuesday in Los Angeles preceded testimony from pharmacology expert Gregory Thompson, who earlier said the drugs prescribed for the former model would be effective “if you were going to kill someone.”

On Tuesday he testified the doses were extremely high.

The judge’s admonition also applied to a pharmacist who once described the drugs ordered by Dr. Khristine Eroshevich as “pharmaceutical suicide.”

Eroshevich, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Howard K.Stern have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide excessive opiates and sedatives to Smith. They are not charged in her 2007 overdose death.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A hospital psychiatrist who has been critical of Anna Nicole Smith’s doctor for overmedicating the model was accused Monday by a defense attorney of weaning Smith from addictive drugs too quickly and ignoring the celebrity model when she went into distress.

The cross-examination of Dr. Nathalie Maullin by attorney Steve Sadow, who represents Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend Howard K. Stern, was the first volley in a battle of doctors expected to dominate the drug conspiracy case.

Maullin testified she treated Smith at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when she came in pregnant and in withdrawal from the painkiller Methadone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Maullin said she concluded that Smith’s doctor, co-defendant Sandeep Kapoor, had prescribed drugs that amounted to “overkill” for Smith’s condition.

On cross-examination, Sadow elicited testimony from Maullin that she diagnosed Smith in 45 minutes as having a borderline personality disorder and ordered her weaned off Xanax.

Testimony also indicated Maullin was slow to respond when she began receiving calls from the hospital reporting Smith had hallucinations, couldn’t sleep, was agitated and had fallen out of bed, suffering bruises.

“She was safe. She was in a hospital. Nothing bad was going to happen to her,” Maullin said.

A nurse’s notes from the period showed that Smith was complaining of pain all over her body, Maullin acknowledged. But she said she was never told that.

Maullin said when she did arrive at the hospital, she encountered Stern who had been at Smith’s side throughout and was concerned about her well-being.

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