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Women sue over epilepsy drug risks

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:820
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    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 …

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