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Blood monitoring of drug advocated after Napier death

From Hawke's Bay Today (New Zealand):

The recommendation for regular testing of blood clozapine concentrations comes in a report on an inquiry into the death of Anne Philp, who was 59 at the time she died at her home in Taradale Rd at the end of April.

The cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis, a metabolic disturbance usually seen in type 1 diabetics, but occasionally reported in cases involving clozapine medication, the coroner was told by forensic pathologist Dr Katherine White.

The death was being reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring, Dr White said, and the coroner made a recommendation to the Royal College of Psychiatrists that regular testing of blood clozapine concentrations be done to avoid accumulation of toxic levels.

Posted: 10/12/2010 11:13:00 AM

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