‘Thousands of Frenchmen have deviation due to anticonvulsant’
Thousands of children in France have come into the world with a serious birth defect because of their mothers means with valproaat used because of epilepsy or bipolar disorders. It goes according to ANWM, the French regulator of medicines, is estimated to be between 2.150 and 4.100 children.
Valproaat came in the late sixties on the market and is used in several drugs of the pharmacist in charge of Sanofi. It involves, among others, Depakine and Depamide. It is now clear that valproaat serious side effects can have on the unborn children of women.
The French authorities approved valproaat in 1967 as well as an anti-epilectic drug. Parents of children with a disorder are born, find that the French state and the company too late to have warned of the possible side effects, which since the eighties has to be known.
The medicijnwaakhond announced later this year, the results to publish a study on the neurological effects of the remedy.