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Epilepsy Society welcomes redress scheme for valproate victims but says research is also vital

Today, Patient Safety Commissioner, Dr Henrietta Hughes, launched The Hughes Report calling for redress for all those harmed by valproate. The Epilepsy Society has warmly welcomed Dr Hughes' recommendations but warned that research into other epilepsy medications is also vital to stop history from repeating itself with other drugs.

We call for urgent investment in research as report puts lifetime cost of harm caused by epilepsy medications as high as £2.5m

A new report shows that the lifetime costs of harm caused by exposure to epilepsy medications during pregnancy could be as high as £2.5m. That is the cost for one child exposed to high-risk drugs during pregnancy and includes costs to the NHS, education and welfare systems, the affected individual, their family and wider society. The cost to the NHS alone is over half a million.


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