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Dr. Kapoor: Methadone OK for Pregnant Anna

2/16/2007 5:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A lawyer for the doctor who prescribed drugs to Anna Nicole Smith in the late stages of her pregnancy says giving methadone to Smith was "medically sound and appropriate."

The lawyer for Dr. Sandeep Kapoor responded to allegations of medical misconduct today in a statement to TMZ, saying, in part, "Medical research and protocols confirm that methadone is approved for use by pregnant patients." According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, methadone treatment for pregnant women can "save [a] baby's life" and can "allow [one] to regain...quality of life." The government also says that using methadone while pregnant "will not cause birth defects for [a] baby."

The lawyer also defended the doctor's use of an alias for Smith's methadone prescription, explaining, "The media frenzy surrounding Smith's life and tragic death underscores why public figures may choose to use pseudonyms in order to protect the privacy of their medical treatment."

Kapoor's attorney didn't discuss the specifics of his treatment of Anna Nicole, citing the confidentiality of medical records, saying only that the "treatment program for Anna Nicole Smith was at all times medically sound and appropriate."

According to the statement, Kapoor "will cooperate with any inquiries by the Medical Board of California," which said yesterday that it would investigate the doctor's prescribing Smith's drugs to an alias. Kapoor's lawyer also says he is "saddened" by Anna's death and offers his condolences to her family.

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CrazyMofos    

yes i did mortified and i will say it again...DID ANYONE READ #14'S POST!

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CrazyMofos    

LOL she was legally prescribed the medication under a fake name which is illegal #39

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Lidia    

Natalie, do u know what methadone is for? It is clear you don't know anything about it. Stop insulting everyone else, your the ignorant one here.

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CrazyMofos    

well #45 that's why she should have listened to people who really cared about her in the first place instead of crazy howard or she wouldn't have used drugs in the first place...and isn't this the reason why larry birkhead dumped her in the first place? because his claim was she used drugs while pregnant? i wouldn't doubt it now now that this methadone story has come out.

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Lidia    

#14 said she was on methadone her entire pregnancy,what is the problem?

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CrazyMofos    

mortified no one gives a flying fuck only drug addicted pregnant women would use it in the first place and you condone drug use while pregnant like larry birkhead said she did you crazy nut?

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CrazyMofos    

i don't need to know what methadone is for but what i do know like everyone else that it was enough to kill daniel amnd possibly anna so please you're the one that is insulting here.

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Lidia    

Natalie, you obviously don't know anything about drug addiction or methadone. It is not that easy to just "STOP"because someone tells you to. Second, Anna was a drug addict before Howard came along...Know anything about anna either? or are u just in the mood to bash someone tonight....3rd, regarding my previous post, yes, the only thing that is wrong about this whole thing, which I will agree with u on, because its a fact, is that it is illegal to obtain a script as an alias. Think about it though. I think someone else posted on here why they may have done that. So shit like this didn't start. Because it would have been leaked to the media and ignorant people would have talked shit and judged her just as they are doing now.

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Stephanie    

well #50 Anna was doing drugs long before Howard came into the scene. Anna does what Anna wants....if he hadnt been around to keep her a little in line she would have been dead long ago Im sure. But you cant force someone to get off their booze & drug filled ride to hell, all you can do is be by them and try to take care of them. Obviously something got through to her as she was using methadone to kick the drugs. So stop blaming everyone else... ultimately she was responsible for herself. And I believe all the stress of her crazy tragic life just got the best of her...she lost her will to fight anymore

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CrazyMofos    

jen blah blah blah blah blah

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CrazyMofos    

and*

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CrazyMofos    

like i said in the previous post the dr who gave her the methadone wouldn't be under scrutiny by the CA medical board if what he did was a GOOD thing ok jen and mortified? get a clue!! please really get one.

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Lidia    

I'm a crazy nut huh? Your not very intelligent are you? You are obviously "hearing" what you want to "hear". First of all not only drug addicted pregnant women would take methadone. Methadone is a pain killer, used to treat chronic pain also. Second, who the hell is condoning drug use while pregnant. Learn how to read and think logically. What is being said is that methadone is the lesser of two evils, between other opiates such as herion, oxycontin...and...if she was on methadone when she became pregnant, it would have been more dangerous for her to get off of it then stay on.

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Lidia    

blah blah blah is a great response from someone who is fighting a losing battle.

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CrazyMofos    

lol losing battle my ass...have you read your own posts?? you seem to be the one who is so angry get over it! i could care less...you're not harvey levin or anyone's lawyer so don't play one on tmz

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