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Use Of Epilim In Pregnancy

EDM number 385 in 2013-14, proposed by Martin Caton on 10/07/2013.
Categorised under the topics of Children and families, Drugs misuse, Health services and Medicine.

That this House notes the BBC Panorama programme broadcast on 1 July 2013 entitled The truth about pills and pregnancy, which identified the offspring health risks of some medicine consumption by pregnant women; recognises the evidence that the epilepsy drug Epilim (sodium valproate), manufactured by Sanofi Aventis, has been responsible for a range of disabilities and health problems in up to 20,000 children since this drug was first licensed in 1973; acknowledges the evidence of the consultant clinical gynecologist, Dr Peter Turnpenny, on Panorama that, at the severe end of the fetal valproate syndrome spectrum, even young adults struggle with independent living; supports the call by the Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (IN-FACT) for an inquiry into the reason why sodium valproate has harmed so many young people over such a long time; congratulates the members of the National Advisory Council to the Thalidomide Trust for the active support they are providing to this campaign; and urges the Government to establish such an inquiry immediately.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Martin Caton10/07/2013GowerLabourProposed
Margaret Ritchie10/07/2013South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Mark Durkan10/07/2013FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Alec Shelbrooke10/07/2013Elmet and RothwellConservativeSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins11/07/2013Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Paul Flynn11/07/2013Newport WestLabourSeconded
Alan Meale11/07/2013MansfieldLabourSigned
George Howarth12/07/2013KnowsleyLabourSigned
Jim Shannon15/07/2013StrangfordDUPSigned
Jim Dobbin15/07/2013Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Mike Hancock15/07/2013Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Mary Glindon15/07/2013North TynesideLabourSigned
John Leech16/07/2013Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Osborne16/07/2013Ayr, Carrick and CumnockLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd17/07/2013Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Yasmin Qureshi17/07/2013Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell02/09/2013Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Dan Rogerson02/09/2013North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Naomi Long04/09/2013Belfast EastAllianceSigned
David Anderson04/09/2013BlaydonLabourSigned
Frank Doran05/09/2013Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
Sammy Wilson08/10/2013East AntrimDUPSigned
Grahame Morris08/10/2013EasingtonLabourSigned
Tim Farron08/10/2013Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Gordon Marsden11/11/2013Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
David Heyes26/11/2013Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned

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