Deaths of two hospital inpatients poisoned by pilocarpine

S. M. Cordner, R. R. Fysh, Harvey Gordon, S. J. Whitaker

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Two inpatients of one hospital ward died. Pilocarpine poisoning was suspected and subsequently confirmed by analysis of urine. The circumstantial evidence strongly suggested that the food given to the patients in the ward had been adulterated. Police inquiries failed to elict any further information, and open verdicts were returned at the inquest. Precautions taken subsequently to prevent a similar event—sealing food containers and trolleys—entailed a capital cost of £43 000. In addition, food stores were kept locked and tighter control kept on drugs stored in ward pharmacies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1287
Number of pages3
JournalBMJ (Clinical Research Edition)
Issue number6557
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes

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