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Doxycycline: Coroner calls for MHRA to review side effects after student jumped from plane

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 22 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4102
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A senior coroner has demanded action from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency after a student who had taken an antimalarial drug jumped from a plane to her death.

Alana Cutland, 19, a natural sciences student at Cambridge University, was doing an internship in Madagascar when she had several attacks of paranoia.

She had spoken to her parents and was about to fly home to the UK after cutting her internship short in July 2019 when she travelled in the Cessna light aircraft. She opened one of the plane’s doors and, despite attempts by the pilot and the other passenger to restrain her, …

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