GPs urged to refer pregnant women on antiepileptics to national register

The call comes as new study links valproate to fetal malformation rate of 12%

GPs are being urged to refer ­eligible patients to a register for pregnant women taking antiepileptics in the wake of a study confirming a fourfold increased risk of fetal malformations associated with valproate.

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The study, led by neurologist Professor Frank Vajda, found valproate exposure was linked to a malformation rate of 12% compared with 3% in women not taking anti­epileptic medication.

He said the findings would help inform best management of epilepsy during pregnancy.

Professor Vajda is director of the

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