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Ortho Evra Patch Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Blood Clots, Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Stroke

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Ortho Evra Patch Side Effects May Lead To Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits

Ortho Evra Patch | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Blood Clots, Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Stroke

On September 20, 2006, results of a new study were released that confirmed previous studies showing an increased risk of blood clots associated with the use of Ortho Evra versus oral contraceptives. The study found that women using Ortho Evra were twice as likely to develop blood clots as those using oral contraceptive pills. As a result, the FDA has asked Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson and Johnson, to update the safety label on Ortho Evra to warn users about the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.

In 2005, the FDA stated that women using Ortho Evra are exposed to approximately 60 percent more estrogen than those who use oral contraceptive pills. It is believed that the difference in exposure is related to the delivery mechanism of the birth control patch. Hormones in birth control pills are partially diluted by the digestive system. However, hormones in Ortho Evra are absorbed directly into the blood stream, which causes a higher concentration of the medication to enter a patient's body. It is believed that high levels of estrogen can greatly increase the risk of developing blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and other serious injuries.

Approximately 4 million women have used the Ortho Evra Patch since it went on sale in 2002. As of November 2005, the FDA had received twenty-one reports of life-threatening blood clots and other ailments associated with the use of Ortho Evra. FDA records obtained by the Associated Press showed that seventeen patch users between the ages of 17 and 30 suffered fatal heart attacks, blood clots and possible strokes since August 2002.

The first fatality publicly blamed on the Ortho Evra patch was in April 2005, when a Manhattan fashion student collapsed in a New York City subway station. An autopsy found that a blood clot had moved into the victim's lung, and the medical examiner ruled that the clot was a side effect of Ortho Evra. The news of this young woman's death became front page headlines throughout New York.

The manufacturers of Ortho Evra have aggressively marketed the patch as a convenient alternative to oral birth control pills. The drug's original safety label stated that the patch's health risks were similar to those related to oral contraceptives, even though a recent whistle-blower suit alleges that the company was well aware that the birth control patch could cause high rates of blood clots.

Pharmaceutical Whistle-blower

Former Johnson and Johnson Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joel Lippman recently blew the whistle on his old company. Lippman claims that during 15 years in high-ranking medical positions at Johnson and Johnson, the company repeatedly released or refused to recall dangerous products to which he objected, including the Ortho Evra birth control patch. In a whistle-blower suit brought against his former employer, Lippman claimed, The clinical research had revealed that the estrogen dose released by the Evra patch as a means of birth control may increase the risk of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms.

Legal Rights for Ortho Evra Patch Users

Parker Waichman LLP, is aggressively representing women injured by Ortho Evra. To date, Parker Waichman LLP, has filed over 100 Ortho Evra lawsuits on behalf of women who suffered heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and other serious injuries after using Ortho Evra.

If you or a loved one were injured while using Ortho Evra, contact Parker Waichman LLP today for a free case evaluation. Please complete a case evaluation inquiry on this webpage, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to speak with an attorney today.

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Ortho Evra Risks May Have Been Concealed by Johnson & Johnson

Sep 23, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Johnson & Johnson is facing more heat over its Ortho Evra birth control patch. According to an NBC News report, internal documents indicate that the drug maker may have known about Ortho Evra’s blood clot risks years before they were made known to the public, and perhaps even before it came to market. When Ortho Evra was introduced in 2002, Johnson & Johnson touted it as a convenient alternative to daily oral contraceptive pills, and its original safety label stated that the...

Mom Says Ortho Evra Killed Her Daughter

Oct 22, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
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New Info For Ortho Evra Label in Canada

Mar 20, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Canadian health regulators have announced a label update for the Ortho Evra birth control patch.  Ortho Evra - sold as Evra in Canada - has been linked to dangerous blood clots.  According to Health Canada, the new Canadian label will include information on the average daily release rates of contraceptive hormones from the Ortho Evra patch.Earlier this month, we reported that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen-Ortho had agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit started by Canadian...

Ortho Evra Canadian Lawsuit Settled

Mar 3, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle an Ortho Evra class action lawsuit in Canada.  The drug maker has already spent more than $68 million to settle similar claims in the U.S.When Ortho Evra was introduced in 2002, Johnson & Johnson touted the once-weekly patch as a convenient alternative to daily oral contraceptive pills. The drug’s original safety label stated that the patch’s health risks were similar to those of oral contraceptives. But in 2005, the U.S. Food...

New Ortho Evra Lawsuit Filed in Texas

Dec 5, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
A Texas woman is the latest person to file suit over injuries she sustained while using the Ortho Evra birth control patch.  Karenetha Easterwood says she suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism just 5 months after she began using Ortho Evra.  When Ortho Evra was introduced in 2002, Johnson & Johnson touted the once-weekly patch as a convenient alternative to daily oral contraceptive pills. The drug’s original safety label stated that the patch’s health risks...

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