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AULIN.... CLASS ACTION?!
04/05/2007 - Grieving family in shock at cause of death
THE heartbroken family of a widow who died from liver failure admitted they were shocked to learn of the potential side-effects of the painkiller she was taking.
Joan Flavin (71), of Windy Gap, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, died less than eight months after she started taking an anti-inflammatory treatment, Aulin/Nimesulide.
Joan, whose husband died 10 years ago, never smoked or drank alcohol and took great care of her health.
"We were absolutely shocked - we never knew that the drug could have this kind of effect on anyone," her daughter, Christine Power told the Irish Independent.
Christine described Joan as a devoted mother and wife who "absolutely loved her family" and their farm in west Waterford.
Over the last 20 years she suffered from increasing problems with arthritis and it was to cope with this that she began courses of anti-inflammatory drugs.
The Flavin family are devastated by the fact that her liver failure was caused as a tragic side-effect of a drug treatment which was supposed to help her.
Christine said the family are also deeply disappointed that their mother was refused a liver transplant operation because of her age.
"We were very shocked by that. It was very upsetting that the best chance she had to recover was not given to her," she said.
The family say it is essential for people to be fully informed about the potential side-effects of drugs and they want the coroner's inquest to highlight the facts.
"She was a fantastic mother, a great woman and we miss her terribly," her daughter added.
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