Skip to comments.Parents Sue After 14-Year-Old Daughter Died with Birth Control Patch
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
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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.
It hasn't saved anyone, but it's probably damned a few.
I would think that a 14-year-old girl would have more important priorities in her life than to have sex.
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.
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.
Thanks for the additional info.
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.
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".
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.
If you need to ask then you obviously miss the point entirely.
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.
??? Huh? The doctor forced them to put their 14-year-old kid on birth control?
Oh absolutely............ along with the bathroom (dangerous room in the house) don't you know.........
I am not giving advice to anyone, just voicing an opinion.
I don't have a clue nor do I know how many people aspirin has saved.
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.
That would be fine if their advice weren't so abonimable.
What part of High School did you miss?
This is not good. Scary because I attempted to get one of our grand daughter's to use the 'patch'. Glad she didn't.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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.
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?
Forced them?? I don't think so...........
And you know their advice is abominable, why?? From what knowledge do you give this opinion?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Well I certainly don't see that happening.........
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.
Yes, I am with you. Basically, I always was........
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.
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 . >>
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.
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.
nope, just true
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".