November 3, 2006 2:58 AM Subscribe
Ortho-Evra Birth Control Patch Has Inconvenient Death Side Effect Ortho-Evra is a faddish, convenient birth control option in transdermal patch form, which has lured women by promising no-worries birth control, not to mention nice manageable periods or even no periods at all. In my local newspaper, I noticed a tiny news brief about the class-action lawsuit going on right now, and thought it was worth posting. It's not really new news--the first cases came out about a year ago. A year ago Ortho-Evra added to the list of side effects. Previously healthy women are suffering strokes--and it is well-known that doctors don't always report problems as patch-related when in fact they are. No surprises...the FDA estimated that 118/100,000 of users would experience blood clots and circulation problems related to the drug (this was double Johnson & Johnson's rate) before they approved the patch anyway back in 2001! They also estimated that the risk would increase drastically for women whose first birth control experience was with the patch See page 43 of the second Medical Review in the FDA report. Many apologies if I'm the last to know.
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