Â· In early 2007, the death of Anna Nicole Smith was traced to a lethal combination of psychiatric drugs prescribed to her by psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich, who was treating Smith. Eroshevich prescribed Smith eleven drugs, including antipsychotics, anti-anxiety drugs and sedativesâ€”a lethal combination which killed 39-year-old Smith. According to media reports, Eroshevich is now under investigation by the California Medical Board.
Â· In February 2003, Florida psychiatrist George Kubski was jailed for 12 months for the death of a patient due to drug toxicity; he had prescribed more than 20,000 pills in three months. He also got 10 years probation during which he could not practice medicine.
Â· On February 5, 2001, Los Angeles psychiatrist William O. Leader was sentenced to five years in jail for illegally prescribing dangerous narcotics to two people with histories of drug addiction problems. Leader was also sued in 2001 by Eric Douglas, youngest son of actor Kirk Douglas, for prescribing near lethal doses of psychiatric drugs that so incapacitated Douglas he nearly died twice.
Â· On March 17, 2007, Wisconsin psychiatrist Richard I.H. Wang entered into an agreement with the office of the U.S. Attorney to stop practicing medicine after a three-year criminal investigation linked him to the overdose deaths of 11 patients.
Â· On January 4, 2007, the Michigan Attorney Generalâ€™s office announced that psychiatrist Albert Bayerâ€™s medical license had been summarily suspended by the Board of Medicine on charges that he engaged in a long-term sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient to whom he also over-prescribed psychotropic and narcotic medications.
Â· On January 30, 2006, psychiatrist Jeremy A. Stowell pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of illegally dispensing narcotics, after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration found he had been prescribing narcotics to patients with drug addictions and others who admitted sharing their drugs with friends