Valproate Use in Women & Girls with Childbearing Potential – Pragmatic Guide

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Experts from 13 national bodies, including seven Royal Colleges, have joined forces to publish practical guidance to support doctors and other health professionals providing care for women and girls in their reproductive years who may be prescribed valproate.

The ‘pan-College’ advice is based on 2018 regulations issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) around the prescribing and dispensing of valproate – but looks at the more challenging issues that clinicians across primary and specialist care might encounter in daily practice. These include transition from paediatric to adulthood services, competence to consent to treatment, and confidentiality.