More than 3 decades after concerns were first raised about the risk of birth defects in children born to women who take Depakote (valproate acid) during pregnancy, many expecting mothers are still unaware of the startling correlation, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
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What’s the Problem?
September 27, 2017 – The EMA on Tuesday convened a hearing in London in which the agency invited citizens of the EU to share their experiences with Depakote.
Sanofi, the company that manufactures Depakote, said at the hearing there was clear evidence of a risk of birth defects from Depakote use during pregnancy, and that it had always provided timely information and warnings about this risk.
However, parents of children with defects countered that health authorities and Sanofi were too slow to warn of the risks associated with Depakote, which is also sold under the brand name Epilim. Click on the link to view a complete list of Depakote birth defects.
“Measures have been taken,” said Karen Keely from the Irish patient support group Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome. “But these have largely been tick-box exercises with little regard for delivering real change.”
Despite its risks, valproate is recognized as an indispensable drug for the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorders, and is included in the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.
Restrictions on valproate have been strengthened across the EU over the past few years following an initial review. However, a recent survey conducted in the UK found that nearly 70% of women who were prescribed the medicine were given incorrect advice.
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