heath ledger

26 Jun: Michael Jackson to join list of accidental prescription drug deaths?

Michael Jackson could be the latest star to have died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications. According to Life & Style, Jackson was “taking a cocktail of up to seven prescription drugs in the months before his death,” including the anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Zoloft and the painkiller Demerol. The Jackson family attorney compared the King of Pop’s death to that of Anna Nicole Smith. While most celebrity drug deaths have been the result of either suicide or the use of illegal drugs, a surprising number of stars have died by accident — from medications you can purchase at the corner pharmacy. Here are 13 of the most famous: 1.) MARILYN MONROE. Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” died…

29 Feb: Did doctors illegally prescribe pills to Heath Ledger?

Doctors in California and Texas are currently under investigation for illegally prescribing Ledger the painkillers Oxycontin and Vicodin, according to reports. Whether the individual doctors did anything wrong, however, patients can get in trouble when they go to multiple doctors — which is increasingly the case in today’s world. That’s why it is important to take the safety of your drug regimen in your own hands through a sophisticated tool like PharmaSurveyor (now in beta) or some of the other drug-interaction tools currently on line, like this one at DoubleCheckMD .

06 Feb: How prescription medications killed Heath Ledger. Possible prevention?

The report from the medical examiner is in: Heath Ledger died from the “the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” The brand names for the drugs that were in Ledger’s system are OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, Restoril, Unisom and Hydrocodone. To be clear, Ledger didn’t die from an overdose of prescription drugs. He died from Adverse Drug Effects (ADEs) — a fatal reaction to the combination of medications he was taking. As Dr. Kevin Pho of Kevin, M.D. surmises: “Two narcotics, three benzodiazepines, and one sedating antihistamine. If a single physician was responsible for these prescriptions, that’s a serious error in judgment. It is more likely that Mr. Ledger received multiple prescriptions from different physicians around the…