“…the drug Seroxat may have played a role in her friend’s death”

This story from the Sidmouth Herald – it would be interesting to understand why the coroner thought the way he did…. read the full story here.

Fall in trade led to Ann’s suicide

devon.editorial@archant.co.uk 06 July 2007

DEPRESSION and worries about her tea room business drove Ann Scarterfield to take her own life, an inquest in Exeter heard this week.

Miss Scarterfield of Waterleat, Newton Poppleford disappeared on November 14, 2006, and in December and January body parts including her foot washed up on Chesil Beach, Dorset.

DNA tests showed these matched samples taken from a toothbrush and hairbrush found in her flat above her business.

Miss Scarterfield had a history of depression and had been prescribed the anti-depressant Seroxat.

The inquest heard her depression had deepened after she lost £5,000 to £6,000 in trade during roadworks outside her business.

Angela Crawford, a lifelong friend who described her relationship with Miss Scarterfield as ‘closer than with my own sister’ suggested the drug Seroxat may have played a role in her friend’s death.


3 Responses to ““…the drug Seroxat may have played a role in her friend’s death””

  1. truthman30 Says:

    The deputy coroner stated the cause of death was drowning in the sea at or near Budleigh Salterton and he recorded a verdict of suicide.

    He added: “Ann Scarterfield took her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed”

    Interesting comment from the coroner …

    “the balance of her mind was disturbed”..

    Seroxat most certainly unbalances and disturbs the mind…
    I have no doubt that seroxat played a role in this womans death…

    There was a similar case a few years ago…

    From the guardian in 2003 :
    Coroner calls for inquiry into Seroxat

    “Seroxat should be withdrawn while its safety is fully investigated, advises a coroner who recorded an open verdict on a man who killed himself within a fortnight of starting a course of the drug”

  2. truthman30 Says:


    (Link to the Guardian article above)

  3. Angela Crawford Says:

    I have only just found this site and been able to read your comments. I supported my friend Ann through many bouts of depression – this time was different. Seroxat was not helping her and I advised her to go back to the Doctor. Her mood was very black early morning and yet in the afternoon her spirits were lifted and she was much more reasonable. Her apointment at the Doctor was in the afternoon. Even though she had told him she had suicidal thoughts nothing further was done to help her.
    She left our home in the early hours of the morning and walked into the sea.
    I know Seroxat played an important part in her suicide and I will do everything I can to prevent others having to suffer the pain and anguish and loss of a dear friend. Hearing the verdict at her inquest was one of the saddest moments I have had to endure.

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