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Pregnant women more likely to stop taking medication

28 Jan 2013

pregnant womanA UK study has found that pregnant women with epilepsy are more likely to stop taking their epilepsy medicines, compared to women who are not pregnant.

Researchers, led by Shuk-Li Man, analysed prescribing trends for anti-epileptic drugs from 1994 to 2009. The results show that prescribing of newer medicines has steadily increased. Lamotrigine has been the most popular medicine prescribed in pregnancy since 2004. However, the use of carbamazepine and sodium valporate has decreased.

Generic and branded medicines: same or different?

18 Jan 2013

illustration of a spoon with several different types of medicineA new US study aims to finally settle the question of whether a generic version of a branded epilepsy medicine is really any different.

The study has been largely funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The administration has previously produced guidelines to make sure that the generic version of a drug is virtually identical to its branded counterpart. These guidelines allow a certain margin of difference, within which a generic drug is supposedly just as effective.

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