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Psychiatrist: Anna Nicole's pain meds 'overkill'

The Associated Press, Friday, August 13, 2010, 1:08pm (PDT)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A hospital psychiatrist has testified that medication given to Anna Nicole Smith by her doctor was "overkill" for the kind of pain she was describing

Dr. Nathalie Maullin testified Friday in Los Angeles that she was on staff at Cedars-Sianai Medical Center when Smith was brought in pregnant and in withdrawal from Methadone and Xanax.

She says it was difficult to get a medical history from Smith because she was "putting on a show" and deferred questions to boyfriend Howard K. Stern, who was with her.

Maullin says she conferred with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and learned the drugs he was giving Smith were "hardcore medications" used for cancer and extreme pain.

Kapoor, Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide excessive drugs to Smith.

They are not charged with causing her drug overdose death.

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