No happy ending

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No happy ending

Emma Friedman, mother of 13 year old Andy, on the failed Epilim litigation against Sanofi-Aventis. Emma took the drug when pregnant to prevent epileptic fits. She was one of 100 families that sought  compensation for their children and the action collapsed earlier this year within weeks of the court hearing after a six-year fight. The families were suing over a range of claims for birth defects such as spina bifida, heart damage, cleft palates, deformed hands and feet – some claims are in the region of £6m – which they argued were the result of the children’s mothers having taken an anti-epilepsy drug when pregnant. ‘Andy is 13 years old now with a mental age of a three year old.’ Read her blog here.