The Latest News from OACS Ireland
EMA study suggests possible increased risk to children of fathers treated with (Epilim) Sodium Valproate.
Updated: Tue, 30/05/2023 Findings from a new study, which was undertaken at the request of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), due to pressure from patient groups and advocates throughout europe. Which has now highlighted potential increased risks of neurodevelopmental disorders in…More . . .
OACS Ireland has had recent meetings with the Department of Health in relation to the Inquiry into Epilim (Sodium Valproate) however, throughout this whole process the following concerns are continuously raised and are still outstanding. OACS Ireland needs clarity for…More . . .
In support of women and their children harmed by the prescription of epilepsy drug Epilim (Sodium Valproate) in pregnancy, OACS Ireland is reiterating its call for the commencement of a promised Government- inquiry into the prescription and licensing of this…More . . .
On Saturday the 04/03/2023, Niamh Griffin from the Irish Examiner published yet another outstanding article on the lack of justice for those who have been injured by Epilim (Sodium Valproate) some children and adults who are catastrophically injured. The truth…More . . .
OACS Ireland writes to the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on the Epilim (Sodium Valproate) Inquiry.
Re: Sodium Valproate (EPILIM) Inquiry. Dear Minister, We trust this finds you well. We are contacting you to ascertain a precise indication for the establishment of the inquiry into the historical licensing and prescribing of Sodium Valproate in Ireland together…More . . .
Last updated:05/12/2022 We and our colleagues in Epilepsy Ireland are pleased to inform our members and supporters that there have been two positive developments recently regarding our ongoing joint campaign surrounding Sodium Valproate (Epilim). Which are the Nurses and the…More . . .
Global campaign to promote reporting side effects from medicines. Takes place from Monday 7 November to Sunday 13 November 2022. OACS Ireland will be supporting the HPRA with their part in the seventh annual #MedSafetyWeek, a global week-long social media campaign to raise…More . . .
Crucial Update on Topiramate (Topamax) for women with epilepsy and other conditions of childbearing potential.
Updated the 24/10/2022 During the summer, a new piece of research suggested that the potential neurodevelopmental impacts associated with the anti-seizure medication (ASM) Topiramate (Topamax) if prescribed during pregnancy may be more significant than previously thought. The paper led to…More . . .
A spokesman for OACS Ireland and Epilepsy Ireland, supporting the families, said the meeting took place on Tuesday. “The meeting was a frank exchange of views on the latest proposed terms of reference for the inquiry, between the patient groups…More . . .
Downloads & Resources
Links to Website Resources
- OACS Facebook Group
- OACS YouTube Channel
- OACS UK Charity
- Epilepsy Ireland
- Irish Epilepsy and Pregnancy Register
- Irish Family Planning Association
- Birth Control (HSE Website)
- Valproate (Epilim) Patient Booklet (HPRA)
- EMA – Information & reviews on Valproate
- Valproate Information(HSE Website)
- Meeting highlights from PRAC
- OACS Ireland Leaflet
- National Conference on the Consequences of Sodium Valproate
- Joint Committee on Health Report on Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
- Valproate (Epilim) is a medicine licensed in Ireland to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder
- 2019 Neurology Referral Specialist
- HSE Report on prenatal exposure
- 2018 Sodium Valproate who knew what and when
- 2019 Videos from the National Conference on Sodium Valproate
- 2018 FACS Forum welcomes HSE’s plans to contact patients directly regarding Sodium Valproate
- 2019 Study identifies the risk of malformations associated with prenatal exposure to 10 epilepsy drugs
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.