"Prescription for Death" is the first episode on the long-running crime drama television series Law & Order. It was aired on September 13, 1990. Although it was the first episode of the series to air, it was not originally intended to be the pilot. "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", which aired on October 30, 1990, was originally written and shot as the pilot. Steven Hill appears in this episode as D.A. Adam Schiff, but was not actually part of the original cast and did not join the series until after the pilot. "Ripped from the headlines" - this episode is based upon the death of Libby Zion.
Suzanne Morton dies after a visit to a hospital emergency room during a hectic night shift. Her father, a former medic in Vietnam, accuses the hospital of negligence and demands a police investigation. Logan and Greevey question a doctor who made adjustments to her chart, but are soon led to the respected Dr. Edward Auster, who they feel may have been drunk on duty. The other residents are reluctant to speak for fear their jobs may be in jeopardy, and Stone is faced with the awkward job of prosecuting a revered physician.