27 Mar 2023

Fears over ‘dangerous’ change in prescription rules for epilepsy drug

Health and Social Care Editor

There are more than 600,000 people in the UK living with epilepsy, many of whom use drug sodium valproate to control their seizures.

Now a coalition of epilepsy charities have told the health secretary that a decision to change the way it’s prescribed is ‘dangerous’.

The medication can cause harm to foetuses.

But with 21 deaths a week caused by epilepsy there’s concern about the impact of tighter restrictions on people living with the condition.