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Regulator links Sanofi epilepsy drug to child deformities


PARIS Up to 4,100 children in France suffered vital malformations in a womb after their mothers took a diagnosis opposite epilepsy and bipolar disorders famous as valproate between 1967 and 2016, France’s drug regulator said.

Valproate, that has been made in France by Sanofi underneath a code Depakine for epilepsy and Depakote and Depamide for bipolar disorders, is also believed to means delayed neurological development, ANSM pronounced on Thursday.

Sanofi pronounced it had been pure with a authorities and that it had sought to keep doctors and patients sideways of medical information.

Parents of those affected, however, contend a French state and Sanofi were too delayed to advise of a side effects, after a risks to foetuses became transparent by a early 1980s.

The French drug management pronounced it would also tell a investigate on neurological effects of valproate in a second half of 2017.

Valproate was authorized as an anti-epileptic drug in France in 1967 and has turn one of a many widely prescribed treatments worldwide given a efficacy on adult patients.

“We are wakeful of a unpleasant situations faced by families whose children have problems that might be associated to their mother’s diagnosis of anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy,” a orator for Sanofi pronounced in an emailed statement.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in 2013 that valproate should not be taken during pregnancy and a Paris prosecutor launched a rough review into a permission and selling of a drug in 2015 after a organisation of families lodged a authorised complaint.

Depakine, that mislaid a obvious in 1998, is also prescribed in some-more than 100 other countries.

(Editing by Sarah White/Richard Balmforth/Alexander Smith)