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Update: Epilepsy Drug now banned during pregnancy

Malcolm Underhill
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In January 2018, we wrote about the epilepsy drug, sodium valproate , which had been linked to 20,000 cases of catastrophic disabilities in children in the UK.  At the time, MP Norman Lamb referred to the situation as an “extraordinary...

Epilepsy Drug Sodium Valproate And Birth Defects - A Devastating Scandal

Malcolm Underhill
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Sodium Valproate, also known as Epilim, Episenta, Epival, and Convulex (as valproic acid), has been linked to catastrophic disabilities in around 20,000 children in the UK. MP Norman Lamb has called the situation an “extraordinary scandal”[1]. ...

When Childbirth Goes Tragically Wrong

Malcolm Underhill
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There are few women who do not fear childbirth, after all, less than 200 years ago giving birth constituted a major threat to a woman’s life.  Childbirth, however, remains highly dangerous for women in developing countries [1] .  Thanks to...

Government Announces New Birth Injuries Compensation Scheme

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Families of children who have suffered birth injuries may find claiming compensation easier under a new scheme announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The new Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme, which is out for consultation, would investigate...

Woman brain damaged at birth awarded £1.75m

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A young woman from Cumbria is set to receive a £1.75m lump sum in damages, after suing the North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for medical negligence .  Medics failed to spot that the baby was being starved of oxygen In 2000, a young...