France ordered to pay up after epilepsy drug manufactured by coronavirus vaccine firm Sanofi caused birth defects | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

France ordered to pay up after epilepsy drug manufactured by coronavirus vaccine firm Sanofi caused birth defects

A French court has ordered the state to compensate three families whose children suffered birth defects due to the anti-epilepsy medication Dépakine. The drugmaker, Sanofi, is currently racing to certify a vaccine for Covid-19.
Dépakine is the brand name for sodium valproate, an ingredient used in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines. However, it is known to cause severe birth defects if administered to pregnant women, with the drug linked to spina bifida, cleft palate, learning difficulties, and autism. Introduced in 1967, Dépakine is now available in its generic form, and in more than five decades on the market, has been blamed by French researchers for defects in between 2,150 and 4,100 children.

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