It has been reported that a woman has died from complications arising from being wrongly prescribed too much vitamin D.

She was prescribed Colecalciferol to help her recover from surgery on a broken hip. Wakefield Coroners’ Court was told that she was instructed by her GP to take the equivalent of a monthly dosage each and every day.

Dr Richard Shepherd said the patient died from complications resulting from hypercalcaemia, brought on by excess vitamin D that induced high levels of calcium, and a gastrointestinal haemorrhage. He found no natural explanation for the patient’s calcium levels during the autopsy.

The inquest also heard that both the patient’s care home in Guiseley and local pharmacist had raised concerns regarding her prescription with her GP before her death in April 2015. However, her GP on both occasions responded stating the prescription was correct.

The inquest will continue.


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