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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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106.

Graham    

Sounds like she didn't like her life so she medicated it away. Isn't that called suicide?

1642 days ago
107.

Katie    

Her husband has been blabbing all ovr about her taking vicoprophen for menstrual cramps, not chronic pain. She was an actress, not a worker with a bad back. Who the hell has cramps 30 days a month....she was always jacked on vikes, that's why ppl on her movie sets say she was f*ed up.

1642 days ago
108.

Kelly    

109 pills seems like a lot. In fact, the number of different prescription drugs found at her house seems excessive. How many kinds of pills does someone need?

1642 days ago
109.

adonna    

Simon Monjack was no help? That should be written on his tombstone.

1642 days ago
110.

Mom    

Isn't there a privacy law. Is it really any of our business. She is just as dead. Every one only knows what the media spouts out and not all of it is accurate. Get lives for petes sake.

1642 days ago
111.

SHAME    

and there you have it !!!!!!
husband needs to be questioned and made to answer , meanwhile a doc on the run .

1642 days ago
112.

help    

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.

Thanks Simon your a great husband, not!...That man is piece of work! What did Brittany Murphy see in him? And why would she take so much prescription pills, her mom and husband should of looked out for her OR at least monitoring her use of pills...Brittany didn't have a chance with Simon and her mom around.

God don't like ugly!

1642 days ago
113.

blanket jackson    

the only re-tards who think she wasnt a total drug addict are the same re-tards who think MJ wasnt a pedophile and same re-tards who think OJ didnt kill two people.

1642 days ago
114.

hahaha    

This is why I agree with medical marijuana, its the best thing you can take for pain and you can't OD or die from it, people are popping these pills like they are candy and then end up overdosing and dying from it by taking more than prescribed cause of building up a tolerance for them, that doesn't happen with marijuana and if it were to be legalized (which it should) the numbers of prescription drug overdoses will go down. Its really sad what happend to Brittany, we will probably never know what REALLY happend and why, but its sad to say that its nothing new when you hear about a celebrity that died from an overdose, its just so common now and its getting worse, they should just stop taking these pills which can be lethal and smoke a joint.

1642 days ago
115.

rickyrickrick    

prescribed 120 pain meds by a doc, only 11 pills remained, omg. who and where is the Doc?

1642 days ago
116.

rickyrickrick    

will this doctor face the same music as MJ's doc? how many other people received 120 pain meds from this Doctor?

1642 days ago
117.

nulyte    

As a pharmacist I can say that the max dose on Vicodin 5/500 is 8 per day. Anything greater than that is over the maximum acetaminophen dosage of 4gm /day. Even if the MD writes for 1-2 po q4-6 hours a responsible pharmacist should have counseled her or her rep on the 8 per day max. So it was a 15 day supply, only if, she took them around the clock and not as needed if that was how they were prescribed.

1642 days ago
118.

hahahaha!    

sorry but a doctor is JUST as responsible for prescribing on going narcotics as they are for amputating the wrong damn leg!! Of course the doctor's are partly responsible for the drugs they prescribe. If TMZ posters know the dangers of these drugs the damn doctors certainly do too.

1642 days ago
119.

Warren    

It sure seems like Brittany Murphy's house is/was a "house of addiction". I'm sure Simon and Sharon were/are popping these pills like gum drops. After watching them in the Larry King and listening to Simon's idiotic, drug crazed ramblings, I guarantee most of the drugs went into his system. One statement will always stand out from his interviews. Simon, "She never took a drug or a drink". One thing for sure, if Simon's lips are moving I'm sure he's lying. Hey Simon, you ever pay back the money people donated to your bogus Murphy foundation? Answer: No.

1642 days ago
120.

stonecold    

129. will this doctor face the same music as MJ's doc? how many other people received 120 pain meds from this Doctor?
Posted at 8:41PM on Feb 27th 2010 by rickyrickrick


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Did a doctor shove the pills down her throat? You ass hole.

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