LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anna Nicole Smith was plagued by unremitting pain most of her life, and her doctors did not break the law by prescribing medications to help her, attorneys for two physicians told jurors Wednesday in their closing arguments at the drug conspiracy trial.
“No one has told you the medications were for anything but pain and related conditions such as anxiety,” she said.
Eroshevich, Kapoor and Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend Howard K. Stern have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide excessive prescription drugs to an addict and other charges. They are not charged in Smith’s 2007 accidental overdose death.
Stern’s lawyer was scheduled to make his closing statement Thursday.
A suggestion that Smith should have been taken off pain medications when she felt better was like telling a diabetic to stop taking insulin or patients to stop blood pressure medicine when they improved, Garafalo said.
“Chronic pain is a disease,” she said. “It does not go away.”
Witnesses testified during the nine-week trial that Smith suffered from chronic pain syndrome, migraines, back pain, insomnia and fractured ribs during the period when she was treated by the defendants.
The doctors were acting lawfully in prescribing opiates and sedatives for her as long as they had a good faith belief that she was in pain, Brunon said.
He recalled a trip by Eroshevich to the Bahamas to take medications to Smith as an emergency mission in the aftermath of Smith giving birth to her daughter then losing her 20-year-old son the next day to a drug overdose.