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Women still not aware of epilepsy medicine risk in pregnancy

Media release

22 September 2017

Women still not aware of epilepsy medicine risk in pregnancy

    • Almost 1 in 5 (18%) women currently taking the epilepsy medication sodium valproate do not know it can harm the development and physical health of their unborn child should they become pregnant
    • more than a quarter (28%) of women taking the epilepsy drug have not been given information about risks for their unborn child
    • more than two thirds (68%) of women taking the epilepsy drug have not received specially produced valproate materials released in February 2016
    • Charities call on government to make annual reviews mandatory for women taking the drug

Cyber EssentialsFundraising RegulatorYoung Epilepsy is the operating name of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy Charitable Trust.
Registered Charity number 311877 (England and Wales)

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