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# sodium valproate

Last month
November 2023
12-year-old boy settles claim for €3.75 million over use of epilepsy drug in mother's pregnancy
The case will return before the courts in 2032, when the boy’s needs will be further assessed.
This year
Non-statutory inquiry into prescribing of drug that causes birth defects approved by Cabinet
Sodium valproate can cause serious birth defects and developmental disorders to an infant if taken during pregnancy.
Calls for redress scheme for children affected by drug that caused birth defects
A report by
Jane Moore
One solicitor told The Journal there will be “at least a decade” of litigation over sodium valproate unless a redress scheme is set up.
13-year-old boy settles claim for €15m over use of epilepsy drug in mother's pregnancy
A settlement was also approved for the boy’s younger brother.
Last year
Irish families impacted by valproate scandal welcome French court ruling allowing class action
The move in France comes as Irish families await a long-promised inquiry into the use of the drug here.
All time
Families still waiting for inquiry into use of drug that causes birth defects
A report by
Maria Delaney
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly committed to an inquiry over a year ago, reports Noteworthy.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly committed to an inquiry a year ago, reports Noteworthy's Maria Delaney
The 'vast majority' of the recommended services for affected children have not been put in place
Four nurses - a key measure to 'reduce harm in the future' - are still not appointed
Valproate scandal: Parents feel failed by State over drug that harmed their children
Noteworthy finds that pleas for help from women impacted by valproate (Epilim) continue to be dismissed.
Donnelly commits to inquiry into anti-epilepsy drug linked to birth defects
Valproate-containing medicines can cause birth defects and developmental disorders.
Women 'dismissed' by doctors over mesh and epilepsy drug fears 'deserve apology'
Irish patient groups call for a State apology and similar inquiries here following the publication of a UK report.
Survey finds one in six women taking epilepsy medication don’t know the risk it poses to pregnancy
The HSE has estimated that up to 1,250 children may have been impacted in Ireland.
'We shouldn't have to beg': Irish mothers' fight to be heard on drug linked to birth defects
Women who took an epilepsy drug while pregnant say they were not told it could harm their babies.