Ortho Evra is the first skin patch approved by the FDA for birth control. It is a weekly prescription patch that releases an estrogen hormone called ethinyl estradiol and a progestin hormone called norelgestromin into the blood stream. Ortho Evra is made by Ortho McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and was approved by the FDA in November 2001. In 2004, Ortho Evra was prescribed 9.9 million times to over two million women.
Each patch of the drug is worn for one week and is replaced by another for three weeks consecutively. The fourth week is patch-free, which allows a woman to have her menstrual period.
The risks of using Ortho Evra are similar to that of using birth control pills, with a potential for blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Cigarette smoking also increases the risk of severe cardiovascular side effects.
After an 18-year-old fashion student died from a blood clot while using the patch, Ortho McNeil issued a warning that the patch exposes users to large amounts of estrogen, increasing the chances of developing blood clots. But an internal company memo revealed that the company refused to fund a study comparing Ortho Evra to its own Ortho-Cyclen birth control pill, afraid that the results would not bode well for the patch. Since the death of the fashion student, Ortho Evra has been blamed for 23 deaths, 17 of which were due to blood clot complications.
There seems to be a rapid onset of symptoms related to Ortho Evra prior to death, which can include:
- Severe headache
- Vision problems
- Breast changes
- Menstrual changes
- Vaginal discharge
- Abdominal cramps
If you or a loved one is suffering from these symptoms and have taken Ortho Evra, get immediate medical attention!
You may be entitled to compensation if a link can be established between Ortho Evra and your or your loved one’s symptoms. An experienced Ortho Evra Lawyer can help you determine if this is the case.
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