Study: Low Income Epileptics not Receiving Proper Treatment

According to information from a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Oxford, 60 percent of the epileptics from low-income countries do not receive proper treatment for the condition. The paper was published as part of The Lancet Series on Epilepsy.

The paper also points out how lower-income countries ignore the fact that patients aren’t receiving proper treatment for the most part, even though the treatment methods are very cost-effective.

“Deriving accurate figures on the epidemiology of epilepsy in low- and lower-middle-income countries is very difficult — there have been very few surveys to gather the sort of data we need, and such studies tend to be expensive, especially for countries whose health research funding is likely to be very limited,” says professor Charles Newton of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, a lead author of the study. “However, the research we do has shown that the burden of epilepsy in these regions is at least double that found in high-income countries and, sadly, adequate facilities for diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of epilepsy are virtually non-existent in many of the world’s poorest regions. Many people with epilepsy or their families do not even know that they have a disorder that can be controlled with biomedical treatment, so it is vitally important that awareness is raised and medical care improved in these regions.”

Epilepsy affects millions of people all over Europe. This significantly large number of epileptics is likely why it is relatively cheap to treat them for the condition. One of the treatments used to treat seizures is Topamax, which ironically can be harmful to babies when given to pregnant mothers. Topamax has been proven to cause birth defects in babies whose mothers take the drugs while pregnant. Some of those birth defects include PPHN, spina bifida, oral clefts and neural tube defects.

If your child was born with birth defects because of exposure to Topamax, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s injuries.


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