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Pill tragedy of teenager.

A NEW contraceptive pill favoured by young girls because it improves the complexion killed teenager Claire Louise Stanley.

The tragic youngster died from a massive blood clot in the lungs, after deep vein thrombosis had developed in her legs. The risk of being killed by such an embolism is put at one-in-twomillion pill users.

Four GPs who examined 15-year-old Claire did not link her deteriorating condition with the 'safer' second-generation oral contraceptive, Cilest, until after her fatal collapse.

An inquest at Warrington was told yesterday that Claire's death was a hugely rare occurrence.

Cilest is highly favoured in America because it also helps clear skin conditions suffered by teenagers. It has less metabolic effects than earlier contraceptive pills. Claire's mother, Mary Stanley, of Hilltop, Barnton, Northwich, told the inquest she accompanied Claire when she visited her GP on August 2. Cilest was prescribed for six months to help Claire with her difficult periods.

A verdict of death from misadventure was recorded.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 12, 2002
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