Cupboards full of pills found in flat on the day she died
Maxine Ovenden’s brother Keith Ovenden said his sister was taking 37 tablets a day at one point, pain relief and antidepressants, and although this was reduced on advice from doctors in June last year it was upped again after Ms Ovenden’s fall.
Dr Klim added that he had reduced one of Ms Ovenden’s medications shortly before her death as it was affecting her blood pressure.
Mr Ovenden asked why his sister had not been given regular blood tests to check how the multiple medications were affecting her but Dr Klim said that was not normal procedure.
The family also wanted to know why Ms Ovenden was able to amass a large collection of medication at home – her mum said she found cupboards full of pills in her flat the day she died.
Dr Klim said Ms Ovenden was prescribed doses intended to last seven to 10 days, which was “normal”, and added that he hadn’t realised she had been “stockpiling” old medication at home.