The Ortho Evra birth control patch was approved by the FDA in 2001 and was the first birth control designed to be affixed to the skin, rather than being taken orally, injected, or implanted. The patch needs only to be changed once a week, which makes it a convenient form of birth control, especially for many young women.How is Ortho Evra Different?
The birth control patch manufactured by Ortho McNeil has been used by approximately four million women since it was approved, which may be partially due to the widespread marketing and advertising campaigns in various medias introducing consumers to the product.
There are major differences between the Ortho Evra birth control patch and other forms of birth control, such as the pill. For instance, the patch allows a higher amount of estrogen into the bloodstream, and women who use the patch are exposed to about 60% more estrogen than those who take the pill.Serious Side Effects
The popular birth control patch Ortho Evra has been linked to serious and fatal side effects. There have been at least seventeen reports of fatalities associated with Ortho Evra in the United States in the past two years, as well as an overwhelming amount of reported blood clots, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms.
There have been over twenty reported cases of severe blood clots linked to the use of Ortho Evra.Warning of Health Risks Linked to Ortho Evra
In November 2005 a warning was released by Ortho McNeil providing consumers and physicians with important information regarding certain health risks that have been linked to Ortho Evra.
Included in the warning was information regarding how the elevated amount of hormones increases the users' risks for blood clots and other serious side effects. If you are currently using Ortho Evra, contact your doctor to discuss the side effects and express any concerns that you may have.
You may be legally entitled to recover medical expenses, lost earnings, as well as compensation for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment. For persons who have died, their surviving spouse or other family members often can bring a wrongful death action.
The following video discusses the risks of using a contraceptive patch.Sacramento Drug Products Liability Lawyer
I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento Drug Products Liability Lawyer. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or have legal concerns due to Ortho Evra, please call me for free, friendly advice at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400. You may also contact me here.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 5.8.20]
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