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Brittany Murphy -- 109 Mystery Pills

2/27/2010 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brittany Murphy obtained a prescription for 120 hydrocodone (Vicodin) pills 11 days before her death .... and the day she died there were only 11 pills left in the bottle ... TMZ has learned.

What's more we've learned the L.A. County Coroner's Office cannot locate the doctor who prescribed the pills and they are on the hunt to find him.

According to the Coroner's report on Murphy's death, the pills -- which we've learned were prescribed specifically to Murphy -- were supposed to be taken a maximum of 4 times a day. Yet 109 of the pills were missing from the bottle when she died. If Brittany had maxed out on the prescription, only 44 pills should have been missing.

So why were so many pills prescribed in the first place? That's what the Coroner wants to know. The doctor's name on the pill bottle is Cohen, but so far the Coroner can't locate him. A member of the Coroner's Office went to Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, to assist them in locating the doc, but we're told Simon was no help.

The cause of Brittany Murphy's death is listed as "accidental" -- the result of pneumonia, along with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

UPDATE: Simon Monjack contacted TMZ and says the hydrocodone prescription was not Brittany Murphy's. He says it was written for either Sharon Murphy, Brittany's mom, or himself -- he said he was unsure.

Monjack also says Dr. Cohen did not write any prescriptions for Brittany.

As for the 11 hyrdrocodone pills that remained in the prescription bottle for 120 pills -- Monjack says yesterday morning, after we published this story, he and Sharon located 73 pills from that prescription.


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1636 days ago


I'm sure all three of them were/are poppers. It's the lifestyle of the host and parasite complex that existed there. Their actions and reactions seen in this case are crystal clear to anyone whose seen the situation before. Co-dependents enable each other.

1636 days ago


Why keep printing this reputation destroying, private, intensely personal information about a person who can't defend herself? Does it matter to anyone but her family? Or just an excuse to trash someone you don't even know but are apparently VERY JEALOUS of?
When your life is over, how would you like to have all your personal information out there for everyone to comment on? I know Harvey isn't going to like all his information out there. Do the responsible, ethical thing and put a remove comment button on this site.

1636 days ago


Brittany started a downward spiral when that man came into her life. That is according to her friends and others she worked with. A doctor is not to blame here. They can tell you how to take a medicine but when you leave with a prescription it is your responsibilty. However that family did nothing but enable some unhealthy habits. An educated guess would say that the husband and mother had their own unhealthy habits. Perhaps they can find some technical reason to deport him back to his country. Also trying to treat pneoumonia with vicodin is ridiculous. They should of taken her to a hospital days before she died. Alcohol will also make you feel better when suffering from a cold or flu but it is not therapeutic. California seems to have their own ideas on how to treat patients and believe it or not the news about all the overdoses there be it stars or not it is affecting prescribing practices all over the country. People are buying more pain pills off the street then street drugs. The effects are the same and they end up playing doctor to themselves and wind up dead. On the other side their are people with legetimate chronic pain and they can not get the medicine they need to function normally. Doctors in many states are afraid to prescribe due to the growing numbers of others abusing prescription meds. One state that I know have been affected by the news of california's overdosing is Kansas. I have family members that are supposed to be on medications due to chronic illness and they are not going to get better and yet there quality of life has diminished and the time they have left will be painful. A real reporter could dig into this story in any state and be shocked that the news is dictating how doctors practice for fear of what is happening with the abuse of prescription medication. So those that are sick and suffering with chronic pain are losing quality of life. How sad that a Grandfather can no longer play with his grandkids because he can not be treated correctly due to the other choices that doctors and patients have made. I would say turn off the tv and media outlets and let them practice medicine. A doctor should know when someone is drug seeking and having chronic pain due to illness that will shorten their lives. My opinion but I see it affecting my loved ones.

1636 days ago


Oh sweet, Another somewhat decent doctor is going to lose his job and end up in jail due to his failure of a life patients that cant be responsible with pain meds

1636 days ago


So what ? they found no drugs in her system.

1636 days ago


This woman is dead not matter what TMZ writes isn't going to bring her back from the dead. She's dead and buried, who cares how she lived her life. Everyone is making it out to be like she is still living she not she's dead, dead, dead.

1636 days ago

John Poole    

HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO BET that Levin got the facts wrong (again). It was probably a 40 pill script with 2 refills.

1636 days ago


Again, when does personal responsibility take place?
Who care how many pills were subscribed? Common sense is knowing not all pills mix well together and if she took too many Vicodin, she knew exactly what she was doing.

1636 days ago


Maybe the prescription directions were for 1 to 2 tablets every 4 hours which would be 12 tablets a day. I work in a pharmacy and that would be common dosing instructions. Sometimes a prescriber will write a prescription for 1 tablet every 4 hours but tell the patient that if it doesn't provide enough pain control that they can increase their dose until they can get a new prescription that reflects the change in dose.

1636 days ago


Gee, you don't think she was taking more pills than she should have, do you?

Where oh where could they be? What a mystery, I hope it gets solved so we can find those missing pills and reunite them with the rest in the bottle.

1636 days ago


eat them tic tacs !

1636 days ago


Nothing new, too bad she didn't get help but we all said it was drugs in one way or another that killed her. I guess sometimes is a blessing to be poor and have doctors who can't be bought.

1636 days ago


Get over it! She was a drug addict! More people die of prescription med DRUGS than on any other drug.. so get over it people - she was a drug addict, quit being a moron and thinking that prescription meds are NOT drugs.. they ARE and they are the worst kind. She was indeed a DRUG addict. Live it, know it, grasp it.

1636 days ago


Sheri no doctor in his right mind would prescribe this woman up to 2 pills four times a day given her size unless she had just gone under some major surgery or had some major injury. She was a pill popper who had an enabling doctor or dealer friend who got them for her... period!

1636 days ago
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