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2022 Jan 27

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth



Valproate prescription to women of childbearing age in English primary care: repeated cross-sectional analyses and retrospective cohort study.


Gaudio M, Konstantara E, Joy M, van Vlymen J, de Lusignan S
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2022 Jan 27; 22(1):73.
PMID: 35086478.


Valproate is a teratogenic drug that should be avoided during the preconception period and pregnancy. The aim was to explore general practitioners' (GPs) prescription patterns over time, describe trends, and explore inter-practice variation within primary care.