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Parents Sue After 14-Year-Old Daughter Died with Birth Control Patch
Life Site News.net ^ | 11.21.05 | Hilary White

Posted on 11/26/2005 5:56:51 PM PST by Coleus

When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia Brown of La Crosse Wisconsin found out their daughter was sexually active, they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do; they put her on birth control, choosing the popular hormonal patch instead of the Pill. When on May 7, 2004, Alycia died suddenly of blood clots in her lower pelvis Michael and Lorie Brown decided to sue the deadly drug's manufacturer in the hopes of having it taken off the market.
 
The patch, which releases a dose of contraceptive hormones into a woman's blood stream through the skin, has been responsible for at least 17 deaths in women age 17 to 30 since its release in 2002, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
 
In September 2004, a study by the FDA revealed 21 "life-threatening" conditions related to the patch such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. The Browns' lawsuit claims the company intentionally withheld information from its own clinical trials and Food and Drug Administration records suggesting the increased risks.
 
Thus far, Alycia is the youngest of the patch's victims. Her mother told the La Crosse Tribune that the suit is only partly about collecting damages. "More than anything, I want it taken off the market," she said.
 
"Maybe I'll be able to save a life, if people know what happened to her."
 
Earlier this month, Ortho-McNeil agreed to improve the warnings on the labels for the patch to include the information that it had possible fatal side effects. The company admitted that the patch exposes women to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using typical birth-control pills.
 
Read Previous LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Ortho McNeil Corp Admits Birth Control Patch Blood Clot Connection
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/nov/05111404.html
 
Contact the FDA to request that the drug be taken off the market:
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
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1-888-INFO-FDA
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: alyciabrown; birthcontrol; bloodclots; contraception; emboli; fda; hormones; lacrosse; lawsuit; moralabsolutes; schools; sexeducation; sexuallyactiveteens; slut; students; teenagesex; whore; wisconsin
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To: Paleo Conservative

My daughter also took this medication. All the necessary papers were signed and the risk was known. If someone is so stupid as to ignore the risk then the blame is on them, not the doctors who warned them. No, it shouldn't be taken off the market because of stupid people.


151 posted on 11/26/2005 7:48:49 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: mc6809e
How many girls has the patch already saved?

It hasn't saved anyone, but it's probably damned a few.

152 posted on 11/26/2005 7:50:29 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Coleus
Parents Sue After 14-Year-Old Daughter Died with Birth Control Patch

I would think that a 14-year-old girl would have more important priorities in her life than to have sex.

153 posted on 11/26/2005 7:53:07 PM PST by judgeandjury
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To: RunningWolf
Within 5 minutes from walking out of your door

Properly supervised 14-year-old girls do not just "walk out the door," tart themselves up, and go into an environment where they're hooking up with 19-year-old men. 14yo kids belong under responsible adult supervision.

154 posted on 11/26/2005 7:53:19 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Campion
It doesn't "just happen".

Yes, it does just happen and for many of the reasons you stated but it also happens because a child is so smothered and so restricted that it is rebellion in its truest form.

155 posted on 11/26/2005 7:57:42 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: HitmanNY

Thanks for the additional info.


156 posted on 11/26/2005 8:02:05 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Coleus

The patch has a huge list of side effects and the manufacturers make that clear in their ads and the literature. Nobody forced these parents to give this poison to their daughter. They made this deadly choice for themselves.


157 posted on 11/26/2005 8:05:07 PM PST by thathamiltonwoman
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To: SeaDragon
I reject this kind of logic. For one thing this is not a medication, it was a birth control. So that invalidates the rest of your logical basis.

Whether a risk is acknowledged or not does not remove the possibility of of harm or death from the risk, We (as the public) are inured to warnings by now, therefore a conclusion of some kind of stupidity is a non-sequitur in this case.

No matter.. it is a tragedy for the young woman, the family, and maybe the young man involved too.

Wolf
158 posted on 11/26/2005 8:05:27 PM PST by RunningWolf (tag line limbo)
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To: SeaDragon
Yes, it does just happen and for many of the reasons you stated

Excuse me, but if it "just happens," then there aren't reasons.

but it also happens because a child is so smothered and so restricted that it is rebellion in its truest form.

Bovine scatology. If they're "smothered" and "restricted" they can't go anywhere and can't do anything. Trust me, I've forgotten more about being "smothered and restricted" than you're likely to know. It didn't kill me, and I certainly wasn't screwing around at 14 ... or 18 ... or 21. And I was married at 28 and am still married to the same lady, so it evidently didn't traumatize me permanently. You don't need to tell me about being "smothered and restricted".

159 posted on 11/26/2005 8:05:33 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Coleus

Those who had sex with her should be charged with statutory rape. If any were adults, they should be hung by their you know whats.


160 posted on 11/26/2005 8:06:00 PM PST by doug from upland (The troops will come home when the mission is complete)
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To: mombonn
Surely you jest. What GOOD point comes from "planned parenthood", and the likes of Margaret Sanger????????

If you need to ask then you obviously miss the point entirely.

161 posted on 11/26/2005 8:13:26 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Coleus
Almost every drug both over the counter and prescription have potentially deadly side effects. You cannot eliminate every risk in life, the rationale course of action is to establish an acceptable level of undesirable outcomes and live with that.
162 posted on 11/26/2005 8:18:41 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: WV Mountain Mama
The doctor that suggested/prescribed this as the method of choice doesn't appear to have followed the criteria from the commercial.

The problem here appears to be the doctor. These people don't seem to understand that they don't have to do what the doctor wants. They have a choice.

163 posted on 11/26/2005 8:19:08 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: SeaDragon
The problem here appears to be the doctor. These people don't seem to understand that they don't have to do what the doctor wants.

??? Huh? The doctor forced them to put their 14-year-old kid on birth control?

164 posted on 11/26/2005 8:22:44 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Brytani
Asprin, nuts, seafood and some fruits have all been shown to have fatal side effects for a significantly small number of the population. Should they also be outlawed?

Oh absolutely............ along with the bathroom (dangerous room in the house) don't you know.........

:-)

165 posted on 11/26/2005 8:26:20 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: SeaDragon
If the problem is some people do not understand the choices that they face I agree with you.

Wolf
166 posted on 11/26/2005 8:27:39 PM PST by RunningWolf (tag line limbo)
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To: muawiyah
Frankly, you guys were giving the parents the wrong advice.

I am not giving advice to anyone, just voicing an opinion.

167 posted on 11/26/2005 8:32:29 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Campion; SeaDragon
We all approach these charged issues from different places of life experience. What I say does not invalidate your's

Wolf
168 posted on 11/26/2005 8:34:36 PM PST by RunningWolf (tag line limbo)
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To: muawiyah
"I can't use statins for example ~ and every time you hear an advertisement about them they give you a warning about a "rare" genetic difference, etc., all of which is true."

Are you speaking of CPK levels through the roof (for me they went over 4000), incredibly sore muscles, and feelings of weakness? If so, you are the first person I've come across with the same reaction to statins as I have. And yes, it can quickly become fatal. I was lucky that my doctor ran the blood test a few days after starting them.

Wonder if we're related? :)
169 posted on 11/26/2005 8:36:57 PM PST by Adiemus
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To: mc6809e

I don't have a clue nor do I know how many people aspirin has saved.


170 posted on 11/26/2005 8:37:24 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: danmar
I beg to differ dear Lady, but it is as simple as that.

Nothing is ever that simple.

Think of this possible scenario.... young girl, starved for affection, boyfriend pushing and whining "if you loved me you would do it". Please................ Life is never simple.

171 posted on 11/26/2005 8:45:22 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: SeaDragon
I don't feel a need to defend them. I have always felt that they were a place the girls could go for information when their parents were too uptight to talk to them.

That would be fine if their advice weren't so abonimable.

172 posted on 11/26/2005 8:47:23 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: Campion; RunningWolf
Properly supervised 14-year-old girls do not just "walk out the door," tart themselves up, and go into an environment where they're hooking up with 19-year-old men.

What part of High School did you miss?

173 posted on 11/26/2005 8:49:29 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Coleus

This is not good. Scary because I attempted to get one of our grand daughter's to use the 'patch'. Glad she didn't.


174 posted on 11/26/2005 8:51:12 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: AZLiberty

Birth control serves another purpose...one that can be even more useful in girls and young women. It regulates the menstrual cycle. For someone who literally never knew when it would hit, anywhere from a little under 2 weeks to over 6, being put on the Pill at 14 was a Godsend for me. In the 10 years that I've been on it I've never had more than 24 hours variation...no embarrassing surprises, no days of misery.

If any daughters I ever have start having the same issues I did, I wouldn't hesitate to see about having them put on it. I also wouldn't hesitate to slap them so hard their heads rang if I caught them slutting around like an animal in heat :-)


175 posted on 11/26/2005 8:59:26 PM PST by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: RunningWolf
I reject this kind of logic. For one thing this is not a medication, it was a birth control. So that invalidates the rest of your logical basis.

On the contrary, any script you take is a medication. You take it for whatever the problem is that you need it for, be it severe acne or birth control. If you have been warned of the risks and you accept those risks then the fault is yours not theirs.

176 posted on 11/26/2005 8:59:28 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: kublia khan

Almost every drug both over the counter and prescription have potentially deadly side effects. >>

a 14 yr. old shouldn't have been on THIS drug. Much too young.


177 posted on 11/26/2005 9:01:22 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Dustbunny

This is not good. Scary because I attempted to get one of our grand daughter's to use the 'patch'. Glad she didn't. >>

I hope she's over 18. Anyway, if she is engaged in unprotected sex, she risks contracting an incurable viral std like: AIDS, HPV (which causes cervical cancer, Herpes, Warts, etc.


178 posted on 11/26/2005 9:03:37 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Lorianne
What kind of parents would put their 14 year old daughter on birth control?

The kind that doesn't want the stigma or expense but doesn't care about hypocrisy.
179 posted on 11/26/2005 9:09:24 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: SeaDragon
I disagree with you there.. because now it is more into a cultural and legal area, other lessor forms of birth control are not regulated that way.

But beyond that, is the issue that some of these people might not understand they have choice to accept or not the doc's recommendations.

Wolf
180 posted on 11/26/2005 9:10:57 PM PST by RunningWolf (tag line limbo)
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To: Campion
Bovine scatology. If they're "smothered" and "restricted" they can't go anywhere and can't do anything. Trust me, I've forgotten more about being "smothered and restricted" than you're likely to know. It didn't kill me, and I certainly wasn't screwing around at 14 ... or 18 ... or 21. And I was married at 28 and am still married to the same lady, so it evidently didn't traumatize me permanently. You don't need to tell me about being "smothered and restricted".

Sounds like you are still carrying issues............. Led a sheltered life?? Smothered? Restricted?? Get a grip. Do you really think because you are restricted that you don't fight back on some level?

181 posted on 11/26/2005 9:12:00 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Campion
??? Huh? The doctor forced them to put their 14-year-old kid on birth control?

Forced them?? I don't think so...........

182 posted on 11/26/2005 9:14:46 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: mcg1969
That would be fine if their advice weren't so abonimable.

And you know their advice is abominable, why?? From what knowledge do you give this opinion?

183 posted on 11/26/2005 9:19:51 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: Coleus

Sexually active 14-year-olds weren't a major problem back when they simply got married and went to work. There is now a record gap between puberty and marriage. Unintended consequences.


184 posted on 11/26/2005 9:20:31 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: SeaDragon
If there are possible "fatal" side effects, then it shouldn't be on the market at all.

In that case, you need to give up all forms of hormone-based birth control and, since all other birth control methods are far less reliable and pregnancy increases the risk of blood clots by a factor of twelve, you need to give up sex too.

a woman's risk of getting a blood clot is approximately: ........... Four to 5 in 100,000 with no birth control............ Twelve to 20 in 100,000 with the low-dose birth control pill. ............. Forty-eight to 60 in 100,000 if she gets pregnant.

We also need to ban peanut butter.

Teenager with peanut allergy dies after a kiss

185 posted on 11/26/2005 9:22:14 PM PST by Polybius
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To: RunningWolf
But beyond that, is the issue that some of these people might not understand they have choice to accept or not the doc's recommendations.

And that is where the real problem is. There is a myth that doctors can do no wrong and that you are not allowed to argue with them or tell them no. But now in our litigous society it is okay cause if things get screwed up then you can just sue them. I believe that is the case here. I am very sorry that this young girl died but it appears that her parents blindly followed what the doc suggested, no questions asked. If that is indeed the case, then they have no one to blame but themselves.

186 posted on 11/26/2005 9:29:58 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: SeaDragon
Think of this possible scenario.... young girl, starved for affection, boyfriend pushing and whining "if you loved me you would do it". Please................ Life is never simple.

Why starving for affection?!...obviously we do have a parental void in the affection department, don't you think so?

Now, "if you loved me you would, be doing' it" to prove your commitment to me;...a line, I have to admit I have used many times over in my early age.

Now, that I have a daughter, I can teach her the street wise wisdoms as needed, and you can bet she is going to get the best of in regards to the so called "boyfriends".

Further more as a dedicated father, I will make sure who is dating my daughter(just like in the movie "Meet the Parents")and I will watch over her for the rest of her life.(subtle you understand, not overbearing)

At some levels, life is simple, it all depends from what stand point you are looking at!

187 posted on 11/26/2005 9:30:22 PM PST by danmar ("Reason obeys itself,and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it....... Thomas Paine)
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To: Coleus
I would have to make that judgment on a case by case basis, however the post you are responding to took no position on that .
188 posted on 11/26/2005 9:32:49 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: Polybius
you need to give up sex too.

LOLOL

Well I certainly don't see that happening.........

189 posted on 11/26/2005 9:33:44 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: danmar
At some levels, life is simple, it all depends from what stand point you are looking at!

It can be if you let it and you are right, it all depends on your standpoint in life. The nice thing about fathers, like yourself, who have been the boy trying to get laid, you know what to warn your daughters about. They may not always listen but you have experience on your side.

190 posted on 11/26/2005 9:41:12 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: SeaDragon
I think we understand here.
That goes back to my point of we all approach these things from different places.

We see the little man behind the curtain and they don't.

Therefore I cant reach the same conclusion that you do on this one. Are you with me there?

Wolf
191 posted on 11/26/2005 9:41:55 PM PST by RunningWolf (tag line limbo)
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To: RunningWolf
Therefore I cant reach the same conclusion that you do on this one. Are you with me there?

Yes, I am with you. Basically, I always was........

:-)

192 posted on 11/26/2005 9:44:34 PM PST by SeaDragon
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To: PeoplesRepublicOfWashington

aiding and abetting her death? No, I wouldn't go that far.

The parents are suffering enough. There isn't a jury in the world that would convict them of something like that.


193 posted on 11/26/2005 9:54:34 PM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: kublia khan

I would have to make that judgment on a case by case basis, >>

For a 14 yr. old??? I guess you don't have a daughter. It's very wrong and immoral at that age for anyone. And who knows the age of the male, could be an adult which happens frequently where planned parenthood covers up statutory rape.

however the post you are responding to took no position on that . >>

yea, so?


194 posted on 11/26/2005 9:55:48 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Coleus
When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia Brown of La Crosse Wisconsin found out their daughter was sexually active, they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do; they put her on birth control, choosing the popular hormonal patch instead of the Pill.

I'm old enough to remember when the culture told the parents that the right thing to do was for the father to grab the boyfriend by the collar and get in his face and tell him if he ever laid a hand on his daughter again ...

Maybe you are too young to remember those days, but it seemed to work pretty well. Problem is, I don't know if it would today. Kids would probably call the cops and report the incident as an assault.

195 posted on 11/26/2005 9:58:50 PM PST by freespirited
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To: SeaDragon
And so it is...

Yes, I am with you. Basically, I always was........ :-)

Wolf
196 posted on 11/26/2005 10:05:46 PM PST by RunningWolf (tag line limbo)
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To: SeaDragon
I am forty eight years old. When I was 12 I knew, from school, that I could go to the health department and get birth control. EVERY kid today can get birth control even if their parents are "too uptight" to talk to them. Planned Parenthood is just a nice PC name for eugenics. They offer NO fertility treatment.
197 posted on 11/26/2005 10:15:57 PM PST by BruceysMom ("Scott Peterson is such an amateur!"-Michael Shiavo)
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To: muawiyah
Actually there are elements within the Planned Parenthood orbit who are into abortion for purposes of Ba'al worship.

Interesting... I play Baldur's Gate (D&D) on the computer, and the story line revolves around BHAAL, Lord of Murder.
Can you cite sources? I enjoy proof of Planned Parenthood evil. Too many people today think they are a "benovelent"(sp?) organization.

198 posted on 11/26/2005 10:29:36 PM PST by Villiany_Inc (You're it ! (thats the only line I know in tag...))
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To: SeaDragon

nope, just true


199 posted on 11/26/2005 10:52:05 PM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: Campion

My boyfriend's step-sister is pretty much smothered and restricted, and yet she still managed to have sex with her boyfriend once while her father was outside doing yardwork. She saw it as "being wild and rebellious".


200 posted on 11/26/2005 11:02:13 PM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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