French study says up to 4,100 children harmed by epilepsy drug

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Pregnant women treated with valproate, prescribed worldwide for epilepsy and bi-polar disorders and introduced in France in 1967, is believed to have caused malformations, and notably spina bifida, in up to 4,100 children in France, according to a study by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines.

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A drug given to pregnant women for epilepsy and bipolar disorder caused "serious malformations" in up to 4,100 children, a French study suggests, reports BBC News.