Acne pill banned in parts of Europe linked to deaths of seven British women over three years


Acne pill banned in parts of Europe linked to deaths of seven British women over three years Charlotte Porter, 17, died in March 2010 of a deep-vein thrombosis after taking Dianette for acneDianette is known to increase the risk of blood clots and vein blockages

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Dianette: Women taking a contraceptive pill are more likely to develop blood clots

But an inquest was told that Charlotte, from Allington, near Maidstone, Kent, may have already had an undiagnosed blood clot before it was prescribed.

Charity shop worker Helen Schofield, 33, died of a blood clot three weeks after starting to take Dianette in 2008. The coroner said there was a ‘pronounced link’ between the drug and her death.

Doctors in the UK are advised against prescribing the drug as a contraceptive because of research that linked it to a seven-fold increase in the risk of developing blood clots.

An MHRA spokesman said: ‘Dianette is an effective medicine for treating the distressing conditions of severe acne and excessive hair.

‘Despite recent developments in France, we have no new concerns.’
German manufacturer Bayer said: ‘Bayer believes that Dianette has a favourable benefit-risk profile when used in accordance with the label.’