Media links

September 2017 – EMA Public Hearing

RTE Primetime coverage of FACS

Six One News: EMA Public Hearing

RTE Drivetime: EMA Public Hearing  Epilepsy drug which has left 400 Irish children with disabilities to come under EU review today

EMA recording:  New review of valproate use in pregnancy and women of childbearing age (Irish representation by Karen Keely is at 45 minutes)

Link to Karen Keely’s speech at the EMA Public Hearing

May 2017

Irish Independent: Calls for investigation into epilepsy drug for women

April 2017

Medical Negligence Ireland: Class Action for Side Effects of Sodium Valproate Started in France

RTE Radio 1: Concerns over epilepsy drug Epilim

Irish Times: Call for audit of pregnant women who took anti-epilepsy drug
Irish Times: Epilim in pregnancy: ‘Every woman should be told the risks’
RTE News: Call for review of use of epilepsy drug by pregnant women
The Guardian: Sanofi epilepsy drug linked to over 4,000 child deformities
BBC News: New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate
Financial Times: Sanofi epilepsy drug linked to birth defects in up to 4,100 children
Fox News: French regulator says up to 4,100 children victims of epilepsy drug

March 2017
Karen Keely, member of the FACS Forum Ireland, participated in a special edition of French television programme ‘Envoye Special’ which featured the Latreille family whose children are living with FACS.

November 2014
Irish Times: ‘Department of Health warned of ‘another thalidomide
Sunday Times: ‘Epilepsy Mother Backs Drug Curb’


Press releases

September 2017–  Irish mother to address European Medicines Agency Public Hearing on Sodium Valproate in London

April 2017 – Disability campaign groups call for greater warnings on epilepsy drug boxes

April 2017 –  An estimated 400 children in Ireland affected by drug sodium valproate (epilim)

December 2017

November 2014 – Better warnings needed on the possible side effects to expectant mothers of drugs that contain valproate

Media enquiries

Please contact Joan O’Donnell, Disability Federation of Ireland for all media enquiries.

Tel: 086 3834587