Epilep­tics’ fears over short­ages

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THERE has been a “steep rise” in the num­ber of peo­ple strug­gling to get hold of med­i­ca­tion which helps con­trol their seizures, the Epilepsy So­ci­ety says.

The char­ity says “anx­i­ety and stress” are putting pa­tients at greater risk of seizures.

It is call­ing for the gov­ern­ment to com­mis­sion an ur­gent re­view of the medicines sup­ply chain.

Al­though Brexit un­cer­tain­ties have high­lighted medicine short­ages, there has been a prob­lem for years.

Last week the drug com­pany Sanofi said there were short­ages of an epilepsy drug, sodium val­proate, in some ar­eas be­cause of sup­ply dis­rup­tion at a factory last year, and not re­lated to Brexit.

The com­pany added that the sit­u­a­tion was im­prov­ing.

A Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Care spokesper­son said: “As Sanofi has made clear, these is­sues are un­re­lated to our exit from the EU and they have fol­lowed the pro­cesses we have to man­age any sup­ply prob­lems that may arise at any one time.”

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