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Ortho Evra Patch was approved by the FDA in April 2002, and over 4 million women have used Ortho Evra Patch.

  • FDA records show that seventeen patch users between the ages of 17 and 30 have suffered fatal heart attacks, blood clots and possible strokes since August 2002.
  • The FDA has logged 9,116 reports of adverse reactions to the patch in a 17 month period.
  • During a 12 month period, 44 serious injuries or deaths have been associated with Ortho Evra.
  • The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request appear to indicate that in 2004 -- when 800,000 women were on the patch -- the risk of dying or suffering a survivable blood clot while using the device was about three times higher than while using birth control pills.

About a dozen young women died last year from blood clots believed to be related to the birth-control patch Ortho Evra, and dozens more survived strokes and other clot-related problems, safety reports reveal.

The federal drug safety reports obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request appear to indicate that in 2004 -- when 800,000 women were on the patch -- the risk of dying or suffering a survivable blood clot while using the device was about three times higher than while using birth control pills.

According to one of the many lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ortho McNeil, the patch's manufacturer, in the year beginning May 1, 2002, reports the FDA received of serious clot-related injuries or deaths caused by Ortho-McNeil's Patch numbered 44, while only 17 similar reports were received during the same time period for their Pill, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, even though their Pill was used by almost six times as many women. After factoring in the significant difference in the number of women who use the two products, that's a ratio of over 15 times as many serious reports to the FDA for their Patch as compared to their Pill.

If you have been injured by the Ortho Evra Patch and have suffered any side effects, please contact our experienced Ortho Evra Patch lawyers now for a free evaluation.