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10-11-2017 l Deputy O’Reilly calls for sodium valproate inquiry

10 November 2017
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Louise O'Reilly, the Sinn Féin spokeswoman on health, asked the Government to undertake an investigation into the current and historical use of the drug sodium valproate.

During Leaders' Questions in the Dail yesterday she said: "The families affected including some Mothers currently sitting in the Dail gallery believe they have been ignored, sidelined and let down by the state.

"The women concerned have had to fight for every single element of treatment for their children. They have had to fight and scrap hard and they want to know that the government is on their side and will not treat them in the same way it treated other women who fought for themselves and their families."

In response Frances Fitzgerald, the Tánaiste said: "This is a European as well as an Irish issue. I have no doubt that the minister for health will take the results of the review fully into account when making a decision on the management of this issue, as will the Health Products Regulatory Authority."

Epilepsy Ireland Communications Officer, Conor Culkin supports the comments of Deputy Louise O' Reilly in Leaders' Questions. "I sat with three mothers in the Dail today, who have been waiting too long for justice. Epilepsy Ireland and the FACS Forum have been actively engaged with the ongoing European Medicines Agency review of existing measures and we eagerly await their updated guidelines on the issue which are due before the end of the year."

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