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Buying diet pills online is like playing 'Russian roulette'

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has told ITV News that people buying so-called diet pills online are "playing Russian Roulette with their life".

In an interview, pharmacist Neil Patel said:

"If you buy diet pills online you are playing Russian Roulette with your life.

You are actually buying products that have been banned in the UK because they cause serious life threatening side-effects such as heart attacks and strokes."

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Coroner to write to health minister about 'toxic' diet drug

A coroner has said he will write to the health minister about the "toxic and fatal" drug dinitrophenol, also known as DNP, after ruling that 21-year-old Eloise Parry died of an accidental overdose of the 'diet pill'.

Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery, said: "What is clear, is she took DNP in relation to her eating disorder, and her death was an accidental consequence."

Eloise Parry died in April after taking dinitrophenol tablets, also known as DNP. Credit: NHS Choices

This is a clearly a dangerous, toxic and fatal substance which should not be accessible and certainly not to persons seeking online self-prescribed medication.

– Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery.

He added: "If the minister considers it appropriate to see whether DNP should be a classified substance that would be an appropriate outcome from this inquest."

Eloise Parry's death caused by 'accidental drug overdose'

Eloise Parry, 21, who died after taking diet pills Credit: West Mercia Police

A coroner has ruled that Eloise Parry's death was caused by accidental drug overdose during an inquest.

Adding there was no evidence to suggest it was suicide.

The 21-year-old died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in April after taking a dangerous number of a banned diet pill. Prompting police to issue a warning about the dangers of buying medicines and supplements online.

Officers from West Mercia Police said tablets taken by Miss Parry were believed to include a quantity of dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.

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Eloise sent lecturer 'I think I am going to die' message

A woman who died after taking highly toxic DNP 'diet pills', sent a message to her college lecturer on the morning of her death, which said "I think I am going to die".

ITV News correspondent Ben Chapman is at the inquest into 21-year-old Eloise Parry's death:

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GP: Eloise had 'no apparent ability' to stop taking DNP

An inquest into the death of woman who died after taking dinitrophenol, also known as DNP, has heard she was aware of the dangers of the 'diet pill'.

Eloise Parry's GP said that while the 21-year-old was not addicted she had "no apparent ability" to stop taking them.

ITV News correspondent Ben Chapman is at the inquest:

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Inquest begins into death linked to 'toxic diet pills'

An inquest will be held today on a 21-year-old woman who is thought to have taken "diet pills" containing a highly toxic chemical.

Eloise Parry, 21, who died after taking diet pills Credit: West Mercia Police

Eloise Parry died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in April, prompting police to issue a warning about the dangers of buying medicines and supplements online.

Officers from West Mercia Police said tablets taken by Miss Parry were believed to include a quantity of dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.

The industrial chemical, which is unfit for human consumption, has been linked to several deaths in the UK and was the subject of an Interpol warning notice issued to 190 countries in May.

The inquest into Miss Parry's fatal collapse is due to be heard in Shrewsbury by the Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery.

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