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The Case against Ortho Evra®

Ortho Evra® is a tiny skin patch with the same hormones as in many birth control pills.

This contraceptive patch prevents pregnancy by delivering a continuous amount of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, through the skin and into the blood stream.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2001, it wasn’t until November 2005 that Ortho McNeil, the makers of the Ortho Evra® patch, issued a set of revised warnings. In fact, revisions were still being made to the warning label as recently as 2008, when the FDA approved label changes to include the results of a new study that found that users of the birth control patch were at higher risk of developing serious blood clots, (also known as venous thromboembolism) than women using birth control pills.

Like birth control pills, Ortho Evra® is most effective when used as directed. But several studies have shown that Ortho Evra® can be significantly more dangerous than standard birth control pills because it delivers more estrogen than a comparable birth control pill – as much as 60 % more.

With increased estrogen exposure, the risks of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and other dangerous outcomes increase as well, particularly in women over 35 or women who smoke. And despite being aware of the risks, this product was still sold to the public, and now thousands of women have suffered adverse outcomes, and dozens have been killed by this dangerous drug.

If you live in Missouri and you or a loved one has suffered from the negative side effects of the Ortho Evra® contraceptive patch, please contact the law offices of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton today to speak with a drug recall lawyer.

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