Stilnox dosage should be halved for women: coroner

A Victorian coroner has publically called for the TGA to halve the recommended dose of zolpidem (Stilnox) for female patients, following the drug-induced death of a young woman.

As reported by the ABC, Phoebe Handsjuk fell 12 storeys after climbing into a garbage chute at a Melbourne apartment building in December 2010. Although surviving the initial fall, Ms Handsjuk died shortly afterwards, owing to severe injuries and blood loss.

Following an inquest into the death, coroner Peter