24 Hours: 3 Dilaudid Prescriptions
From Dr. Nichopoulos’s book, page 13:
DR. NICHOPOULOS: “All I know is when Elvis called me about his tooth hurting this morning, he asked if I could give him something for pain. (No narcotics were in his nighttime sleeping medication.) I didn’t have my bag at home, so I told him I’d have to write a prescription.”
DR. NICHOPOULOS: “Then I wrote a prescription for a few Dilaudid tablets.”
The date of this prescription, for “a few Dilaudid tablets,” was August 16, 1977. But why did Dr. Nichopoulos write this prescription, if he had written a prescription for 50 (4mg) tablets on August 15, just one day prior, in addition to 20cc of liquid Dilaudid? Add to this, prescriptions dated 8/15/77 for Amytal (pain medication/barbiturate), Dexedrine, Biphetamine, Percodan (pain medication), and Quaalude (barbiturate)?
NOTE: Dilaudid is used for moderate-to-severe pain.
Why did Dr. Nichopoulos not simply provide Dilaudid from the 8/15/77 prescription? Where were these 50 tablets? If these prescriptions were part of an “order” for medication, as is often claimed (and appears to be the case), Dr. Nichopoulos knew that writing prescriptions to build a stockpile of medications for “general dispensing” was in violation of Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, 1306.4(b), as seen here:
Likewise, the pharmacist also knew this was a violation, yet both continued. And here (below), from page 175 of his book, Dr. Nicopoulos admits what he was doing (in addition to lying to Vernon Presley, though it was Patsy Presley who wrote the checks):