Depakine is prescribed for epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also prescribed to pregnant women with migraines and depression and has allegedly caused autism and severe birth defects.
A drug used to treat epilepsy has led to up to 4,100 cases of "severe malformations" of children in France, according to regulators. Despite the risk, a ruling has allowed pregnant women to continue to use it.
The list of withdrawn drugs is long and the reasons varied. But why do drugs like thalidomide and sodium valproate, or painkillers like OxyContin, remain on the market, even once we've see the damage done?
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