Death prompts review at GP's

A COLONY pensioner who built aircraft in the Second World War, died after taking a powerful antibiotic over several years intended to cure her of an infection.

A COLONY pensioner who built aircraft in the Second World War, died after taking a powerful antibiotic over several years - intended to cure her of an infection.Coroner Darren Salter, at an inquest at County Hall in Exeter, ruled that Belita Marguerite Kirby Murray-Brown, 86, of Rosbery Road, Exmouth, died an accidental death after taking Nitrofurantoin.And, as a result, an internal review has been carried out by doctors at her former practice into all other patients taking the same medication.The inquest heard that Mrs Murray-Brown, who had immigrated from Melbourne, Australia, had been prescribed the medicine in 2005 following a urinary infection.But, after a course of treatment in September 2007, she complained of feeling tired and died soon after of a mix of pulmonary fibrosis - lung damage - hypertension and pneumonia.The inquest had been previously adjourned, said Mr Salter, to obtain new evidence which came in the form of a letter from her doctor Dr Clive Stubbings.He confirmed that after Nitrofurantoin was prescribed it had improved her condition: "She put great stall in Nitrofurantoin," he wrote. Mr Salter added that it was 'very rare' for a patient using the medicine to die from the known side affects of the drug - and highlighted the 'complexity' of her health, including a history of hypertension and tuberculosis."There was a possibility of her also being exposed to asbestos."In wartime she worked assembling air planes where it is likely she came into contact with asbestos."Dr Stubbings, in his statement, said as a consequence his practice had undergone a review of all other patients in the practice's database also using the medication.Mr Salter was satisfied with the review and said it was the 'appropriate' treatment which did not have the 'intended' result. He added: "Ordinarily, when the treatment is stopped, you see rapid improvement. "Sadly this was not the case." Mr Salter recorded a verdict of accidental death.


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