Annabel Wright Wiki – Annabel Wright Biography
Annabel Wright, a “happy” and “bright” schoolgirl, took her own life after being prescribed an acne drug linked to suicides, an inquest has been told.
She may not even have needed the drug, and she was found dead at her family home near Ripon, North Yorkshire, in May 2019.
She was 15 years old.
Annabel Wright Suicide
Wright had no medical history of depression when she was found dead in her bedroom at her home in Ripon, Yorkshire.
Just 20 minutes earlier, she spoke with her father – who told an inquest he noticed nothing unusual about his daughter’s behavior.
Family members told an inquest into the teenager’s death that they had noticed marks on her arms after being prescribed the anti-acne medication Roaccutane.
She was on the drug, which she started taking at 14 in the form of Isotretinoin capsules, for nine months before tragedy struck. She has previously been on antibiotics to treat her acne.
She told the inquest she was given information about some rare side effects, but a mention of suicide was within this “very specific context.”
Dr. El-Mansori told the inquest she had recommended isotretinoin, sold under the brand name Roaccutane, to Annabel as she was “at risk of permanent scarring” and hadn’t responded to previous treatments.
She agreed Mrs. Wright had mentioned suicide cases to her, adding: “I always say to patients no proven causal relationship has been established.”
The dermatologist told the inquest no psychological concerns were identified with Annabel, other potential treatments were also offered, and she followed all British Association of Dermatologists guidelines for acne treatments.
Professor Anthony Chu, a dermatologist, called an expert witness, said the drug should only be used to treat “severe acne.” In his view, Annabel did not fit this criterion.
Regulatory bodies needed to address its everyday use for non-severe cases, he added.
When asked by coroner Jonathan Leach if she thought her daughter’s death was linked to the drug, Mrs. Wright replied: “Absolutely – normal, happy people don’t just commit suicide without any sign or lead up to it.”
Describing their relationship, Annabel’s father, Simon Wright, said: “We adored her, she adored us, we were a close family.”
Mr. Wright said he last saw his daughter 20 minutes before she died, and he had earlier discussed an upcoming school Spanish exam with her.
He said: “She wore her heart on her sleeve so you’d always be able to tell if there was a change in her mood.”
The inquest continues.