THE GUARDIAN: MHRA to look into cases of unsafe epilepsy drug being given to pregnant women

Press/Media: Expert comment

Period17 Apr 2022

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  • TitleMHRA to look into cases of unsafe epilepsy drug being given to pregnant women
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date17/04/22
    DescriptionDr Rebecca Bromley, a research fellow and paediatric neuropsychologist at the University of Manchester, told the Guardian that babies exposed to sodium valproate were not only at a higher risk of birth defects but also cognitive and social difficulties.

    She said: “The higher the dose of the medication, the higher the risk to the child. However, even at more modest doses we can see poorer intellectual and social difficulties.”

    It had taken longer for the latter to be investigated, she added, despite the large impact on daily life – including challenges with reasoning, attention learning and language skills.

    Bromley added that the response to support affected individuals had moved too slowly, and that many families struggled to obtain a diagnosis for their child or appropriate educational support.
    URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/apr/17/sodium-valproate-mhra-to-look-into-cases-of-unsafe-epilepsy-drug-being-given-to-pregnant-women
    PersonsRebecca Bromley

Keywords

  • epilepsy
  • pregnancy
  • Sodium valproate