Spotlight: The ‘new thalidomide’

In the UK, three babies are still being born each month after being exposed to sodium valproate. This is despite the risk of foetal valproate spectrum disorder being known about for many years.

In the first of a series of shorter ‘Spotlight’ episodes, executive editor Nigel Praities speaks with senior data journalist, Julia Robinson, about her recent investigation into this issue and whether NHS England is on track to meet its target to reduce the use of the drug in people who can get pregnant by 50% by the end of 2023.

Julia also gives an insight into new research that may suggest the risks from sodium valproate and other drugs used for epilepsy may have been underestimated.

Read the full investigation: Why is the UK struggling to contain its sodium valproate problem?

This episode was produced by Geoff Marsh.