Birth Control Patch Injury Lawyers
Ortho Evra is a birth control patch manufactured and marketed by Johnson & Johnson, and Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The patch is worn on the skin and delivers a combination of birth control into the bloodstream through transdermal, or “through the skin,” technology, instead of by traditional oral means like the birth control pill. Ortho Evra is worn on the skin for three consecutive weeks, with the fourth week being “patch free.”
The patch releases 60% more estrogen directly into the bloodstream than birth control pills, which can cause severe, life-threatening medical conditions such as blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, heart failure, and stroke. Adverse event reports from the FDA revealed that a significantly higher number of women using the Ortho Evra patch suffered injury or death due to venous thromboembolism when compared to women using oral contraceptives.
Studies have revealed that women using Ortho Evra are more than twice as likely to develop and suffer from blood clots in comparison to women using birth control pills. Johnson & Johnson’s own clinical trial revealed a higher rate of venous thromboembolism in women using the patch compared to those using oral contraceptives. A 2004 study revealed that Ortho Evra caused a 300% increase of blood clot-related incidents. In November 2005, the FDA ordered Ortho McNeil to revise the warnings for Ortho Evra to include warnings regarding the serious health risks and side effects from using the patch.
We have represented and settled a number of lawsuits for women who sustained severe injuries as a result of using the Ortho Evra Patch. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of using the Ortho Evra Patch, please contact Cohen & Malad, LLP to speak with one of our products liability/personal injury attorneys to discuss your legal options and help you seek the compensation you deserve.