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Brittany Murphy -- Hundreds of Pills a Month

3/20/2010 5:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Brittany Murphy received no fewer than 200 pills every month from January 2008 through August 2009 ... and sometimes as many as 400.

As we first reported, Murphy used an alias -- Lola Manilow Murphy -- at Eddie's Pharmacy in Los Angeles for nearly two years before the pharmacy finally cut her off 4 months before her death.

Pharmacy records show Murphy was getting regular scrips for hydrocodone (Vicodin), clonazepam and Klonopin (anti-anxiety), and Vicoprofen (a Vicodin/ibuprofen combo) -- doubling up on some prescriptions on certain months.

For example, one month Murphy was prescribed 200 hydrocodone and 100 clonazepam; another month it was 300 Vicoprofen and 100 Klonopin.

All the prescriptions were prescribed by Dr. Richard Kroop. We're told investigators paid a visit to Kroop on Friday afternoon.

As we first reported, the owner of Eddie's Pharmacy told TMZ he cut Brittany and her family off 4 months before her death because, "We thought there was going to be an accident there."

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61.

Funkystage    

I love you guys, but this is really irresponsible. I take 90 KlONOPIN/CLONAZEPAM to spread out the LOW dosage over the course of a month. I could in turn take 30 pills month with a larger per mg dosage. since it is renal in it's deposit and affects liver enymes -- most doctors choose to spread it out.

Like the person that said, ". KLONOPIN and CLONAZEPAM are the same drug. You cannot blame her for taking x#klonopin in january and x#clonazepam another month. Klonopin is the brand name, cloz is the generic..

1643 days ago
62.

Dale    

3 things... #1 Big deal, #2 So what, #3 Who cares.

1643 days ago
63.

pat    

How many people have to die for us to get the hint: the doctors are doing this with the help of the pharmacists. A nationwide network would help one hand to know what the other is doing. My brother is an addict, I can say it. Prescription pills are as bad if not worse than any street drug.

1643 days ago
64.

Aurora    

As a cancer patient, I take narcotic pain medication. In the last 18 months or so, there have been distribution problems (a factory was closed down) and the feds have tightened up on how much a single drugstore chain can purchase at one time. This has created shortages and a necessity for doctors and patients to have to juggle prescriptions every month depending on supply. In my case, sometimes I get 100 pills and sometimes 300, it just depends on the supply at the drugstore. I offer this information in the hope that this unfortunate young woman's story does not become a cause celebre for the doping of Hollywood's young. On the other hand, we all need to be much more self aware of the negative impact of combining various prescriptions...ask your pharmacist to review your whole intake, including non-prescription, OTC and alternative meds. ie, my oncologist happened to see some EmergenC while I was having treatment and told me to not take it until the 4 weeks was up, as it would block the monoclonal anti-bodies...who knew?

1643 days ago
65.

Ella    

"the real deal" and all you other idiots pointing out generic and brand name discrepancies, just stop already.

Yes Clonazepam is Klonapin, a benzodiazepine which is prescribed for severe anxiety. Doctors are supposed to try something less habit forming for anxiety disorder and save this hard stuff for public speaking events or airplane flights where a person terrified. Most people suffering from anxiety don't need this on a regular basis!

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is an ingredient in Vicoden and Lortab and it is easier to recognize by these names than to say hydrocodone/APAP 10-650 as is sometimes listed on the bottles. APAP is acetaminophen, it is not Tylenol which is a brand name. This combination is a powerful opioid mixed with an analgesic. People become addicted to the opioid and then suffer liver damage and failure as a result of the analgesic.

By pointing out these minor irrelevant details you are not proving any points. The main point of the article which you seem to be missing is that this girl most likely didn't need any of these drugs and was given them by lazy doctors who didn't want to bother with pain management and talk therapy. She then became addicted to them and used any means necessary to obtain a constant supply. End of story.


1643 days ago
66.

Mary    

When will emotionally weak people and their families wake-up to the fact they are participating in lethal emotional, psychological, and physical self-destruction by playing into the games of the pharmaceutical industry who are bankrolling a certain segment of modern medical doctors? There was a time one rarely saw an advertisement on television for an aspirin let alone all the shocking pharmaceutical ads that have become prevalent in television airspace during the past nine to 10 years.

Never, never take a pharmaceutical drug unless (absolutely) necessary. If you are hooked on even one drug right now, get yourself to a psychotherapist and into a detoxification facility.

Get adequate sleep, out to exercise, and begin eating a holistic diet which will help detox and heal the cells of the body.

1643 days ago
67.

becky    

Maybe all of LA should become Sciencetology believers... aren't they all for the natural way's vs. the drug way? They might not be so dumb after all.

1643 days ago
68.

Peaches    

CHECK THIS OUT................EVEN PRESCRIPTIONS IN HER........MOTHERS NAME......AND HER HUSBANDS............THEY BOTH GOT HER PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED..............CRY ME A RIVER MOM! ! !you and your son in law should be jailed................

1643 days ago
69.

cochino    

all this seems pretty unimportant now doesn't it...

TMZ will impress me when they report what every celeb has in their medicine cabinet before they die.

Which will start happening any time soon.

1643 days ago
70.

John Poole    

As usual TMZ has 1/2 a story at best. Was was the mg 5, 7.5 or 10 for the hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Typical dosage for regular is 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours. So having 8 a day (below full level) would equal 240 pills in a month just for pain. It is not uncommon to also get anti-anxiety meds if you suffer chronic pain too as well as meds to help sleep or ease muscle tension.

By the way she was getting two kinds because doctors will often switch off since Vicodin has Tylonol in it which is what is bad for you to take too much of. That is why the other brand of hydrocodone.

There is no indication here that these legally prescribed drugs had anything to do with her death.

Levin has become the biggest slime in all the Paparatzi biz.

By the way, where is the the outrage over Tom Cruise wearing a Nazi uniform? Does Levin consider movies part of the arts but not photography? Art is supposed to evoke emotion.

LEVIN YOU ARE SLIME AND AN IDIOT. ANYONE INTERESTED IN HIS CREDIBILITY JUST DO A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR HOW HE ALMOST CREATED A MISTRIAL IN THE OJ CASE WITH HIS FALSE STORY.

1643 days ago
71.

John Poole    

"As we first reported, the owner of Eddie's Pharmacy told TMZ he cut Brittany and her family off 4 months before her death because, "We thought there was going to be an accident there."

Levin what about the law here? You now are saying the pharmacy admitted negligence but did NOTHING to stop it? Cutting off the family does nothing since she can become a customer at one of the other thousands of pharmacies. They had an obligation to report this to authorities and question the doctor if they felt meds were not prescribed properly.

Too bad Levin has so little cred that believing any of this was said by the pharmacy is very skeptical at best.

1643 days ago
72.

John Poole    

According to the L.A. county coroner, Murphy died from multiple drug intoxication (“only prescription and over-the-counter meds”), pneumonia, and iron deficiency anemia. His ruling is that the death was accidental, said that it could have been avoided had the actress seen a doctor. “Murphy was planning on seeing a doctor, but she unfortunately passed away before she did,” Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. “This was a case of a person with pneumonia who was anemic (having a low blood count) who was taking medication when she should’ve been getting medical treatment.”

1643 days ago
73.

Kayla    

I'm tired of hearing about Hollywood's druggie users. They played with fire and got burned. All that glitters is not gold. These people sell their souls for money and fame which have them doing all kinds of ungodly things that bring on shame & pain. Then, they need to cover it up or numb it with alcohol and/or drugs.

I don't envy these greedy, self-absorbed, druggies. I'm sorry that she lost her life but her family is also to blame. If you love & care about someone, you make sure that no harm is done to them. Where was the outrage from this family when all kinds of drugs was coming into that house and placed in the bathroom cabinets or on the nightstand? They looked the other way for the sake of enjoying a bit of the fame & fortune. Let's start the countdown: who's next druggie to play themselves? (I'm hoping my outrage will bring about change...otherwise, I will not lend my emotions to foolishness).

1643 days ago
74.

They were in it for the money    

so now we know the whole family was probably taking this stuff all along. Why was the mother in the picture? Helping her daughter to do what? Now moving to NY and pitiful widower follows? Oh hell no! This gal never struck me as being the actual druggie type, but just one look at her hubby tells me her life was unbearable, living with him and mummy too. when did Hollywood Glam and the idea of being a big movie star go down the toliets? Seems they do it now for their cover of drugs whether its Rx or street drugs. Too damned many have died from it. I say pull in the whole lot of them, from Dr., to pharmacy, to mother and widower-they all should be held resposible. give ya a for instance. I happen to take a very mundane low dose of xanax 2.5 mg as needed for headaches. I get a 30 day supply because it is labeled a narcotic and take only 1 and maybe 2 a day, nothing more and as needed. I had asked my Dr. to lower the dose from 5mg because of it does interfere with daily life-The other day I went in for a refill and I hadn't reached my 30 day mark and the pharmacist turned me down flat-for 30, 2.5 mg. I only had 2 days to go so it sort of shows you some Pharmacies do in fact watch the count and in CA. all pharmacy computers have a tracking system so if you think you are going to go to another Dr. and double up, it isn't going to work for the average joe blow.







1642 days ago
75.

EZ    

As the Ex and Mommy walk away with millions into the sunrise

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