Ortho Evra Patch
What is the Ortho Evra Patch
The Ortho Evra Contraceptive Patch, now more commonly referred to as “the patch”. It is classified as a transdermal patch and was introduced to the market in 2002 by Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc. as an alternative to the birth control pill. The patch is applied to the skin and is replaced once a week replacing the need for a daily pill.
Risks Associated with Ortho Evra Patch
On November 10, 2005 the FDA ordered Ortho McNeil, a company under the Johnson & Johnson company, to issue new warnings stating that women taking the patch were subjected to much higher doses of hormones compared to when taking the pill. This is due to the fact that hormones from the patch were removed from the bodily differently than when taking the pill and it produced an elevated amount of estrogen.
According to the FDA warning, women using the patch are exposed to 60% more estrogen than levels associated with the pill, and this makes the risk of blood clotting substantially higher. Enough of the hormone prevents the pregnancy, but too much of the hormone can pose a serious health risk.
In a 2004 study, the FDA discovered the Ortho Evra Patch created a 300% increase in blood-clot related incidents, and can lead to the following serious negative health effects:
- Heart Attacks
- Pulmonary Embolisms
All of these serious adverse health effects have the ability to be fatal. Following the FDA warning, the pharmaceutical company was forced to change the label to inform the consumer of the deadly risks associated with use of the patch, but for many women, the warning came too late.
Since its introduction to the market in 2002, over 4 million women have used the Ortho Evra Patch, and there have been 23 deaths associated with it, with 17 of these deaths related directly to blood-clot incidents. The Associated Press reported that women who use the patch are 3 times as likely to suffer blood clots and are 3 times as likely to suffer a fatal health complication as opposed to women who take the pill. The FDA also reported that only 1-10% of patch related injured are reported, so the adverse effects of the patch may be far more prevalent and dangerous than current data suggests. If you believe you have suffered from dangerous side effects and have taken the Ortho Evra Patch, contact your doctor immediately.
Ortho Evra Lawsuits
Ortho Evra lawsuits claim that the pharmaceutical company knew of the increased risks of taking the patch and withheld the information from the public. Victims across the country have begun to file litigation to recover for medial costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc. in an effort to hold Ortho McNeil responsible. As of 2011 thousands of victims have filed suit against the makers of the patch, and that number continues to rise . At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from using the Ortho Evra Patch. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful side effects of inserting the Ortho Evra Patch. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using the Ortho Evra Patch, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog