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Inquest finds 23-year-old died following untreated side effects of combined pill

Coroner concludes that Charlotte Foster died after not being treated for symptoms of pulmonary embolism, a side effect of the combined oral contraceptive pill

Charlotte Foster

28 July 2016

A Coroner has concluded that a 23-year-old Customer Category Manager died from the untreated side effects of the combined oral contraceptive pill Dianette.

Charlotte Foster died in January this year after taking the combined contraceptive pill Dianette for just a few months.

On 22 January 2016 Ms Foster collapsed at her work, the dairy product manufacturer Muller in Market Drayton. She died later in hospital. The cause of death was recorded as pulmonary embolism.

The Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery heard how Ms Foster had visited her doctor’s surgery after being prescribed Dianette.

In his conclusion delivered today at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, he concluded that Charlotte was initially prescribed Dianette in August 2015, this was renewed in October 2015 and continued after a consultation with her GP Dr Sunil Simon on 4th January 2016.

However, according to the Coroner, at the consultation in January 2016 Charlotte presented with symptoms of pulmonary embolism but was diagnosed with back pain. She was not treated for the symptoms of suspected pulmonary embolism.

The lawyer representing the family at the inquest, Suzanne White from the law firm Leigh Day, said: “Charlotte was a beautiful, intelligent and caring young woman. Her death is a terrible tragedy. Given the findings of the Coroner the family are now considering bringing legal action against the GP."

In a joint statement, Charlotte’s family today said:

“Charlotte was much loved by all who knew her, she had her whole life ahead of her and we are devastated by her death. We remain a close and loving family who will always remember the happiness she gave to us during her lifetime.

“We welcome the findings of the Coroner. We hope that more people and medical professionals become aware of the potential risks, however rare, of taking this medication so that no other family have to live through this nightmare."

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