The death of a Leeds University medical student who took a banned weight loss aid she found online "has highlighted the potential dangers of buying slimming pills online", a Government regulator has said.
Sarah Houston, 23, was found dead in her bedroom after taking dinitrophenol, known as DNP.
West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said he would urge all relevant Government departments to take action to control DNP after he heard how Miss Houston had secretly taken the pills.
She had taken DNP, which is classed as an illegal food, along with anti-depressants.
– Spokesman for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
This tragic case has highlighted the potential dangers of buying slimming pills online.
These pills can contain powerful ingredients such as DNP, which is not suitable for human consumption.
We urge people not to take any slimming medicines or products bought online without consulting with a pharmacist or doctor.
It simply is not worth the danger to overall health to buy and use these products as you just don't know what is in them. Any weight loss results they offer could come with a huge risk.
Yesterday, Mr Hinchliff recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, following an inquest in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Miss Houston's family, who are all doctors, have said they will campaign to stop other people being damaged by DNP.