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MPs debate safety issues around sodium valproate in House of Commons

House of Commons and Big Ben

Although we could not see them as we watched today's  sodium valproate debate  via Parliament Live TV, the presence of three women -Janet Williams, Emma Murphy and Deborah Mann - as they sat in the public gallery, was very much felt in the House of Commons.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt sends second letter to Epilepsy Society

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt, in dark suit and light blue tie, looking pensively away from the camera

Epilepsy Society's chief executive, Clare Pelham, has welcomed a second letter from the Department of Health in response to her letter to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, calling for mandatory reviews for women and girls of childbearing age taking sodium valproate.

Arlene Foster and DUP support Epilepsy Society sodium valproate campaign

Arlene Foster is wearing a smart red jacket. Her short, brown hair is swept to one side and she is smiling.

Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister of Northern Ireland has pledged her support for Epilepsy Society's campaign to ensure mandatory reviews for all women and girls of childbearing who take sodium valproate.

My journey on the ketogenic diet

Sharon Ross is about to start the ketogenic diet in an attempt to control her seizures.  This is the first in a series of blogs about what it involves.

Jeremy Hunt responds to Epilepsy Society on sodium valproate

Jeremy Hunt is wearing a dark jacket and light blue tie. He is looking pensively away from the camera.

Epilepsy Society's chief executive, Clare Pelham, receives a response from health secretry Jeremy Hunt about safety issues around epilepsy drug, sodium valproate.

MPs debate sodium valproate in House of Commons

The House of Commons with Big Ben against a grey sky.

This Thursday (19 October 2017), MPs will be meeting  in the House of Commons to debate safety issues around the epilepsy drug sodium valproate.

Sodium valproate public hearing - summary report

Epilepsy Society's Chief executive Clare Pelham is interviewed at the EMA by ITN News. Clare is sitting in a low, easy chair and the reporter is sitting on a stool by the window. The cameraman is standing to the right. Outside the window is Canary Wharf.

Following last month's public hearing into the epilepsy drug sodium valproate, the European Medicines Agency(EMA) has now published a full summary report.

Problem with supplies of Teva lamotrigine

Packaging for lamotrigine 5mg dispersible tablets, with a bright pink and bright green circle in the right-hand corner

Teva lamotrigine dispersible drugs are currently unavailable in 5mg, 25mg and 100mg strengths. This is due to problems with the manufacture of the drug.

Epilepsy Society's Clare Pelham discusses sodium valproate and EMA public hearing on BBC News

Epilepsy Society CEO Clare Pelham, Deborah Mann and her daughter Branwen on BBC Victoria Derbyshire

Watch and listen to Epilepsy Society's CEO Clare Pelham discussing sodium valproate on various BBC News programmes last week.

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