TV News LIES

Wednesday, Aug 20th

Last update09:11:45 PM GMT

You are here News Health Why are doctors still not warning about the 'new Thalidomide'? Mother tells how taking an anti-epileptic drug while pregnant devastated the heath of two of her children

Why are doctors still not warning about the 'new Thalidomide'? Mother tells how taking an anti-epileptic drug while pregnant devastated the heath of two of her children

E-mail Print PDF

It has been prescribed since 1978 and reports of the ingredient sodium valproate causing birth defects such as spina bifida go back almost as far. FACS is believed to have affected up to 20,000 babies – ten times more than Thalidomide.

FACS is, Dr Turnpenny points out, less dramatic than the missing and distorted limbs caused by Thalidomide, but the neurological effects are far worse. ‘About ten per cent of foetuses exposed to sodium valproate will have a major congenital malformation such as cleft palate. Twelve per cent are likely to be diagnosed with a neuro-developmental disorder.’

‘The problem is that Epilim is a very good drug,’ says consultant neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan at BMI The London Independent Hospital. ‘These days we avoid putting women of childbearing age on it as a first-choice drug. Not all doctors are aware of the risk.’

No one is suggesting that women stop taking their anti-epileptic drugs. ‘Major convulsive seizures could cause injury to the baby or a miscarriage, but there are other effective drugs available that are known to be safe during pregnancy,’ says consultant neurologist Dr Jim Morrow at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Patient info hacked, stolen from Community Health

Community helath hackedCommunity Health Systems Inc (CYH.N), one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it...

Fake Cures For AIDS Have A Long And Dreadful History

Fake HIV curesElectromagnetism can detect AIDS. The "Complete Cure Device" can wipe out the virus.The Egyptian military made...

Health Minister German outlaws fluoridation of all tap water

Fluoridation banned in IsraelContrary to the advice of public health and dentistry experts in her own ministry and academia,...

Liberia: Ebola spread fears rise as clinic looted

Liberia clinic lootedLiberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!