Inquest into death of marathon runner

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Claire, only 30 at the time of her death, had collapsed and died during the final stretch of the race.  You may recall the public outpouring of support for the Samaritans following Claire's death as this was the charity she had chosen to run for. An inquest was held into Claire's death at the start of this year.

Tragically, the coroner found that a now-banned sports nutrition supplement, which contained an amphetamine-like drug called DMAA, had contributed to her death.  The drug had, together with the extreme physical exertion of the race, caused acute cardiac failure which resulted in Claire's death.  In August 2012, the UK's medicines watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, ruled DMAA was unlicensed and that all products containing the stimulant must be removed from the market to protect public safety.

Claire's death highlights the importance of athletes, both amateur and professional alike, taking the time to consider what nutritional supplements they take to assist their performance.  If in any doubt I would always recommend consulting with your GP for further advice if you are unsure.

Carina McFadden

Trainee Solicitor

Clinical Negligence team

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