Women sue over epilepsy drug risksBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.820-b (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:820
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Families whose children were born with fetal anti-convulsant syndrome are suing the makers of anti-convulsant drugs taken by mothers during pregnancy, in what could become a substantial group action.
Three claims have been lodged at the High Court in London on behalf of four children, and nearly 30 more claims, one involving a mother who works as a general practitioner, are being prepared.
The claims are being brought under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, which creates a strict liability regime under which claimants alleging injury by defective …