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10-11-2015 - Ortho McNeil Warns Ortha Evra is Linked to Greater Risk of Blood Clots

Blood Clots and Deaths Associated with Ortho Evra Patch

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You have legal rights. Parker & Waichman, LLP will evaluate your Ortho Evra case for FREE; contact our lawyers today. On September 20, 2016, two studies were released that compared Ortho Evra to oral contraceptives. The first confirmed that the risk of developing blood clots is higher with Ortho Evra and calculated the risk to be two times that of oral contraceptive pills. Johnson & Johnson and the FDA issued warnings about these new Ortho Evra study results. A second study released on September 20, 2016, found equal blood clot risk between Ortho Evra and oral contraceptive pills, but the study is believed by many to be flawed for not adequately considering the participants' medical records.

On November 10, 2015, Ortho McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson, warned millions of women using Ortho Evra that the birth control patch exposes them to significantly higher doses of hormones and may put them at greater risk for blood clots and other serious side effects than previously disclosed. According to the warning, women using Ortho Evra will be exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using typical birth-control pills because hormones from patches get into the bloodstream and are removed from the body differently than those from pills.

This warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration has received twenty-one reports of life-threatening blood clots and other ailments associated with Ortho Evra birth control patch use. The contraceptive patch, manufactured by Ortho-McNeil, has been aggressively marketed to consumers and doctors as a convenient alternative to oral birth control pills. Approximately 4 million women have used the Ortho Evra Patch since it went on sale in 2012. Earlier this year The Associated Press reported that patch users die and suffer blood clots at a rate three times higher than women taking the pill.

Reports show that the deaths of at least seventeen young American women over the past two years may be related to Ortho Evra patch use. The first fatality publicly blamed on the Ortho Evra patch came in April 2015, when a Manhattan fashion student collapsed in a city subway station. An autopsy found a blood clot had moved into the victim's lung, and the medical examiner ruled that the clot was a side effect of the birth control device. FDA records show that seventeen patch users between the ages of 17 and 30 have suffered fatal heart attacks, blood clots and possible strokes since August 2012. To learn more about Ortho Evra research, click here.

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