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Doctor: Smith given meds even after detox

August 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
New testimony from a psychiatrist in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial suggests one of her doctors helped keep the actress hooked on prescription drugs.Dr. Nathalie Maullin, a psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when Smith was hospitalized for drug withdrawal during her pregnancy, is a prosecution witness.

On Monday, Maullin told the downtown Los Angeles courtroom that she had weaned Smith off powerful anti-anxiety medications when she was pregnant. But that didn't last long, according to Maullin. The doctor told the court that the day Smith left the hospital, defendant Dr. Sandeep Kapoor wrote her new prescriptions for the very medications she had just discontinued.

Kapoor, along with Dr. Kristine Eroshevich and Smith's lawyer boyfriend Howard K. Stern are charged with providing drugs to Smith. They have pleaded not guilty.

Maullin also had to face cross-examination Monday. Stern's attorney accused her of weaning Smith off the anti-anxiety medications too quickly. Maullin acknowledged telling Stern that the detox may have been too aggressive and could lead to side effects.

The Playboy model died of a drug overdose in Florida in 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.