News & Resouces

The Latest News from OACS Ireland

Our New Website

By oacsireland | March 14, 2019

Welcome to our new website and the home of OACS Ireland. OACS Ireland is a voluntary group, we provide support, help, and advice to other families, whose children have been affected by Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (F.A.C.S) in Ireland. Our Mission…

More . . .

UK Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

By oacsireland | February 18, 2019

UK Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review About the UK Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review which is Chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL. The Review was announced in February 2018 by the Secretary of State for…

More . . .

EMA’s public hearing on Valproate

By oacsireland | September 26, 2017

Yesterday (September 26th), Karen Keely of the FACS Forum Ireland addressed the EMA’s public hearing on valproate in London. The hearing was investigating whether 2014 European-wide measures to restrict the use of valproate in girls and women of childbearing potential…

More . . .

Videos / Media

OACS Ireland: The Story So Far

Public Hearing on Valproate

Epilim (Sodium Valproate): For Patients*

Epilim (Sodium Valproate): For Hospital Doctors*

Epilim (Sodium Valproate): For Neurologists & Psychiatrists*

Epilim (Sodium Valproate): For GPs*

*The Medication Safety Minute Team in conjunction with Dr Colin Doherty, Epileptologist in St. James’s Hospital (SJH), have produced a series of 4 videos to highlight the risks associated with sodium valproate medicines if taken during pregnancy. Each of the videos highlights key points in relation to the management of the issue from a different perspective − that of the patient, the hospital doctor, the specialist (neurologist or psychiatrist), and the GP, respectively. These videos were released during National Epilepsy Week which aims to raise awareness Epilim (Sodium Valproate) in pregnancy.