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Sanofi epilepsy drug linked to birth defects in up to 4,100 children

A drug made by Sanofi to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorders that was given to pregnant mothers resulted in up to 4,100 French children being born with major birth defects, the French medical authority said yesterday.

During the 50 years from 1967-2016, between 2,150 and 4,100 children were born with at least one major congenital disorder, after being exposed in the womb to a drug called valproate, according to a preliminary study from ANSM, France’s drug regulator.

It was the first official estimate of the number of cases of birth defects linked to valproate in France. The drug has been sold in a number of global markets, including the US, China and the UK.

“The study confirms the highly teratogenic [capable of causing birth defects] nature of...


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