Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy APPG

First Registered: 28/09/2017 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To raise government awareness of the dangers of Valproate and other anti-epileptic drugs in pregnancy and to support and advocate for those harmed by the drugs taken by the mother in pregnancy.

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Recent Documents related to Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy

1. Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy
28/09/2017 - APPGs

Found: awareness of the dangers of Valproate and other anti-epileptic drugs in pregnancy and to support and advocate

2. Valproate and Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
17/10/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Number CDP 2017/0186, 17 October 2017 Valproate and Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome Dr Sarah Barber and

3. Valproate banned without the pregnancy prevention programme
24/04/2018 - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
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Found: Valproate banned without the pregnancy prevention programme - GOV.UK

4. Written evidence submitted by Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (INFACT) (MMDB12)
10/06/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: Evidence Submitted by INFACT (Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust) (MMDB12) Medicines and Medical

5. Booklet for healthcare professionals
01/11/2019 - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
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Found: Read this booklet carefully before prescribing valproate to girls (of any age) and women of childbearing

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy

1. Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
09/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: areas. The first is Primodos, a hormone-based pregnancy test that is claimed to have led to miscarriages - Speech Link
2: highlight the harm caused by Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh have been called every name under - Speech Link
3: report published yesterday on the Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh scandals, are a hugely powerful - Speech Link

2. Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome
19/10/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: dangers of taking the epilepsy drug sodium valproate during pregnancy, resulting in thousands of children being - Speech Link
2: dangers of taking the epilepsy drug sodium valproate during pregnancy, resulting in thousands of children being - Speech Link
3: My constituent Nicola took sodium valproate through her pregnancy, and her son has chronic fatigue. The - Speech Link

3. Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme
21/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: who is here today, launched the Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust, or INFACT, in November 2012, and - Speech Link

4. Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
08/07/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: the recommendations for victims of mesh, sodium valproate and Primodos without further delay.I thank - Speech Link
2: particular the use of pelvic mesh, sodium valproate and hormone pregnancy tests, predominantly Primodos.I - Speech Link
3: these particular aspects of pelvic mesh, sodium valproate and Primodos and other HPTs. I was making the - Speech Link

5. Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review Report: Government Response
21/07/2021 - Written Statements

1: to the families affected by Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh.The Government accept recommendation - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy
1. Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate
asked by: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
13/04/2021
... what recent steps he has taken to ensure pregnant women prescribed sodium valproate are aware of the potential health risks.

2. Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate
asked by: Justin Madders
10/09/2020
... what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) women with (i) epilepsy and (ii) bipolar disorder who are prescribed Valproate and (b) their children receive the healthcare they require.

3. Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate
asked by: Justin Madders
10/09/2020
... how many children have been harmed by the use of Valproate in pregnancy since 1973.

4. Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate
asked by: Justin Madders
10/09/2020
... since April 2018.

5. Pregnancy: Sodium Valproate
asked by: Justin Madders
10/09/2020
... how many women of child bearing potential receive prescriptions for Valproate in England.

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5 Current APPG Officers
Cat Smith Portrait
Cat Smith
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Lancaster and Fleetwood
Joined: 28th September 2017
Lord O'Shaughnessy Portrait
Lord O'Shaughnessy
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 24th February 2020
2 APPG Memberships
First Do No Harm , Longevity
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Cat Smith MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 6001.

Email: cat.smith.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Janet Williams, Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust, Heather Brae, School Lane, Preston PR3 6AA. Tel: 01253 799 161

Email: janet.infact@btinternet.com

No benefits in kind are on record for the Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy APPG

Former APPG Officers
Kate Green Portrait
Kate Green
Vice Chair
Labour - Stretford and Urmston
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 27th January 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Norman Lamb Portrait
Norman Lamb
Chair & Registered Contact
Liberal Democrat - Former Member for North Norfolk
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Teresa Pearce Portrait
Teresa Pearce
Officer
Labour - Former Member for Erith and Thamesmead
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Paul Flynn Portrait
Paul Flynn
Officer
Labour - Former Member for Newport West
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th October 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Johnny Mercer Portrait
Johnny Mercer
Officer
Conservative - Plymouth, Moor View
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th October 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Maria Eagle Portrait
Maria Eagle
Officer
Labour - Garston and Halewood
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th October 2018
2 APPG Memberships
BBC , Legal and Constitutional Affairs