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Almost one-fifth of women taking sodium valproate for epilepsy still not aware of risks in pregnancy, survey shows

22 Sep 2017

Almost one-fifth (18%) of women taking the epilepsy medicine sodium valproate don’t know the risks this medicine can pose during pregnancy, according to the results of a new survey.

More than a quarter (28%) of the women currently taking sodium valproate said in the survey that they had not been informed of the risks of this medicine in pregnancy.

Southern Health Trust pleads guilty in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk

21 Sep 2017

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk who died at a facility ran by the trust in 2013.

A representative of the trust attended Banbury Magistrates Court on Monday 18 September for the criminal prosecution hearing brought forward by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Disability Benefits Consortium report finds process for claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) ‘not fit for purpose’

21 Sep 2017

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has concluded that for many people, how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) works is “not fit for purpose”. The DBC has based its conclusion on a survey of 1,730 people who have claimed PIP.

The DBC is made up of a group of over 80 charities, including Epilepsy Action, that represent people who rely on disability benefits.

Frisium update as of 11th September 2017

11 Sep 2017

Sanofi now expect to have supplies of Frisium (clobozam) back in stock and at wholesalers by the week beginning 18th September 2017