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Repeat warning on ▾ valproate in pregnancy as message fails to raise awareness

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Repeat warning on ▾ valproate in pregnancy as message fails to raise awareness

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued the latest in a series of alerts on the risks of developmental disorders and birth defects associated with use of valproate-containing medicines during pregnancy.1 In 2015, the MHRA highlighted data that showed that babies born to mothers who take medicines related to valproate during pregnancy have a 30-40% risk of developmental disability and a 10% risk of birth defects.2 Despite communications to prescribers in January 2015 and February 2016 on the …

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