FACS Forum welcomes HSE’s plans to contact patients directly regarding Sodium Valproate

Epilepsy Ireland and our partner organisations in the FACS Forum Ireland welcomes that the Health Service Executive is taking the step of directly writing to women taking Sodium Valproate (Epilim) in the coming weeks to highlight the risks of the drug in pregnancy and to inform them of recent changes to how the drug is prescribed and monitored.

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Minister Harris: "Parents have been let down"

Minister for Health Simon Harris has stated that parents affected by the drug sodium valproate have been 'let down' after the issue was raised yesterday in the Dáil by Fianna Fail TD, Bobby Aylward.

The Minister met with a selection of parents affected by the drug last month and has expressed his commitment to the issue.

"Unlike in the past with other people in the Department of Health I've taken a very interest in this issue", said Minister Harris.