Johnson and Johnson Alleged to Have Hidden Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Risks


February 05, 2011

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., may have known years ago about the deadly risks of its birth control patch Ortho Evra based on internal company documents that have now been publicly disclosed. Patient reports between 2002 and 2004 show that Ortho Evra was twelve times more likely to cause strokes and eighteen times more likely to cause blood clots than the conventional birth control pill.

Approximately four million women have used the Ortho Evra birth control patch since it went on sale in 2002, and since that time, there have been 23 deaths associated with Ortho Evra. Earlier this year, the AP reported that patch users die and suffer blood clots at a rate three times higher than women taking the pill suffer. The FDA indicates that these blood clot problems are significantly understated so the actual numbers are likely much higher. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent those throughout Georgia who suffer serious adverse side effects from defective drugs.

The Ortho Evra birth control patch delivers a continuous and high level of estrogen — 60 percent more estrogen than the pill. When a woman takes a birth control pill, it quickly dissolves into the bloodstream. When women use the Ortho Evra birth control patch, estrogen keeps flowing into the bloodstream for an entire week. A 2004 study conducted by the FDA revealed that Ortho Evra caused a 300% increase of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms which often prove fatal. The FDA ordered Ortho McNeil to change the label on the package to reflect this potential danger in 2005.

Two high level executives at Johnson and Johnson have terminated their employment indicating that the company disregarded evidence of the unusually high estrogen delivery and resulting blood clots including one that indicates that he blew the whistle on the patch's dangerously high levels of estrogen even before it was made available for sale. Johnson and Johnson has reportedly paid out an estimated $68 million to victims which is a relatively small sum given that the Ortho Evra birth control patch has generated over $1.6 billion for the drug manufacturer.

If you or a loved one has suffered from the negative side effects of Ortho Evra, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical and emotional injuries and pain and suffering. Our Georgia Ortho Evra attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

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