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Dr Clare Scarlett is planning to sue the makers of anti-convulsants because she says she was not warned of the effects they could have on her unborn children.

All three of her children have squints and her youngest also has learning difficulties and motor problems.

Dr Scarlett, a GP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said the only warning during her pregnancies was of the risk of cleft palate. She has taken phenobarbital since she was 22.

'Pharmaceutical companies must have information about this as it's been around since 1912,' she said.

'Why has this data not been out there?'

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