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Women file lawsuit against makers of birth control patch
Earth Times ^ | 04 Nov 2006 | Anne Roberts

Posted on 11/06/2006 6:31:22 PM PST by Lorianne

More than 40 women have filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against the manufacturer of a popular birth control patch. They are alleging that the patch is causing life-threatening problems and complications and has even resulted in the death of a woman.

In the lawsuit filed against the manufacturer Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and a San Francisco-based distributor McKesson Corp, the women have alleged that by using the Ortho Eva birth patch they have experienced various health problems including blood clots. A second complaint filed against Ortho-McNeil claims that a 25 year old healthy woman died of severe blood clots in her legs and lungs after she started using Ortho Evra.

Ortho Evra is a birth control patch approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 and is one of the fastest growing forms of contraception in the country. It prevents pregnancy by delivering the hormones progesterone and estrogen directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

After a study in September, the FDA had warned that the women using Ortho Evra birth-control patch can face twice the risk of blood clots in their lungs and legs than the women using the contraceptive pills.

The plaintiffs are accusing the company Ortho-McNeil of failing to suitably investigate the product's safety before launching it in the market and of deceiving the users about the severity and acuteness of possible side effects, including blood clots and strokes.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: birthcontrol; healthcare
This patch idea always seems suspect to me.
1 posted on 11/06/2006 6:31:24 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
It prevents pregnancy by delivering the hormones progesterone and estrogen directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

These are not bioidentical hormones. One of the saddest bill of goods that women of my generation have be sold is that birth control is "good for you". I am now spending my 30's trying to undo all of the damage that was done to it from when I was on the pill, because it was "good for me".

2 posted on 11/06/2006 6:35:22 PM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: Lorianne

Unsurprising. It's not Nice to muck about with the endocrine system.


3 posted on 11/06/2006 6:35:24 PM PST by Tax-chick ("If we have no fear, Pentecost comes again." ~ Bishop William Curlin)
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To: Campion

Logical consequences ping.


4 posted on 11/06/2006 6:36:00 PM PST by Tax-chick ("If we have no fear, Pentecost comes again." ~ Bishop William Curlin)
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To: Lorianne
laims that a 25 year old healthy woman died of severe blood clots in her legs and lungs after she started using Ortho Evra.

This should be looked into methinks.
5 posted on 11/06/2006 6:38:37 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Lorianne

If God was a lawyer, there would be warning labels on air and water. Still, man would sue the $hit out of his brother. Color me... unsurprised.


6 posted on 11/06/2006 6:41:06 PM PST by Harrius Magnus (Not Welcome.)
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To: Tax-chick

Consequences indeed. I think there are a lot more that we don't know about. Consequences, I mean.


7 posted on 11/06/2006 6:41:21 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: Campion

Oh, of course. Maybe someday the human race will assimilate "Don't fix it if it ain't broken."


8 posted on 11/06/2006 6:43:01 PM PST by Tax-chick ("If we have no fear, Pentecost comes again." ~ Bishop William Curlin)
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To: Harrius Magnus
If God was a lawyer, there would be warning labels on air and water. Still, man would sue the $hit out of his brother. Color me... unsurprised.

On the other hand, not all lawsuits are frivolous.

9 posted on 11/06/2006 6:44:33 PM PST by Antonello (Oh my God, don't shoot the banana!)
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To: Tax-chick

Hormonal contraception intent is to break a woman's functioning body. Of course there were going to be serious consequences.


10 posted on 11/06/2006 6:56:20 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
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To: Aggie Mama

Good luck in your recovery. You are young enough that perhaps it can be reversed. (Although I'm not a doctor so don't quote me on anything.)

I came of age in the 70s, an era of chemical experimentation gone wild. Nevertheless I resisted the whole drug scene and hormone experimentation because I had some visceral suspicion about hormone therapies. I don't doubt that they are lifesavers in the right circumstances, I have just avoided their use for anything so far. I'm healthy and lucky and would always advise younger women to stay away from such therapies that weren't absolutely necessary.

I am concerned that many athletes are going to have nasty surprises sometime in the future. I also suspect the same thing will happen to Botox users and others who play with chemicals in their bodies to stop or erase natural hormonal and aging cycles (as opposed to screwed up or missing ones). Messing with Mother Nature rarely works.


11 posted on 11/06/2006 6:56:24 PM PST by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: Lorianne

Warnings about these side effects have been around for ages. There's no way these women couldn't and shouldn't have known of the risks. If they chose to go ahead with this anyway because they valued their sexual freedom more than they valued their health, then they should take the consequences of their poor decision making and not expect a handout for their stupidity.


12 posted on 11/06/2006 7:03:22 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: neverdem; little jeremiah

health ping


13 posted on 11/06/2006 7:04:03 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: caseinpoint
"Messing with Mother Nature rarely works."


That is exactly what I was going to say. Which is why I suspect a lot of the behavior or metal health problems in this country could be due to growth hormones in meat and milk, given to children. Heck could even be why, as has been reported recently, men have lower testosterone than they used to.

Hormones mess with the mood of women once a month and during pregnancy and after, why wouldn't they effect everyone else that way? Heck might even cause cancer and strokes.
14 posted on 11/06/2006 7:08:37 PM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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To: Lorianne; aroostook war; TheRake; rogator; kellynla; redgirlinabluestate; DadOfTwoMarines; ...

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If you want on (or off) this Catholic and Pro-Life ping list, let me know!



15 posted on 11/06/2006 7:09:39 PM PST by narses (St Thomas says “lex injusta non obligat”)
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To: metmom

I agree, somewhat. However Planned Parenthood encourages young girls to use them.

If a patch does this much damage, what kind of damage must RU whatever it is, do? Not to mention abortion!


16 posted on 11/06/2006 7:10:22 PM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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To: Aggie Mama
What sort of damage do you feel was done to your body?. I'm very curiouse
17 posted on 11/06/2006 7:12:59 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell
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To: Aggie Mama
These are not bioidentical hormones. One of the saddest bill of goods that women of my generation have be sold is that birth control is "good for you". I am now spending my 30's trying to undo all of the damage that was done to it from when I was on the pill, because it was "good for me".

There is no medication that has no side effects. Anytime you take any medication a risk benefit ratio must be done, be it the patch, the pill, or other form of birth control. Ortho should have no liability unless they covered up data on the risks in the clinical trials as did Merck with Vioxx. Even with the best clinical trials not all the severe consequences of a medicine are uncovered, until the drug is released to the public. If the FDA insisted on absolute safety and all side effects be known, we would have no new drugs available.

Merck did uncover this in the clinical trials but hid the data. Merck was one of the leaders in pharmaceutical research. They deserve every thing that happened to them. They acted in an unethical manner. The hell of it is that Vioxx is a good drug but it should have been marketed with what we call a "Black Box" warning of certain dangerous or fatal side effects.

18 posted on 11/06/2006 7:20:56 PM PST by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash and proud of it, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast)
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To: metmom

thanks, bfl


19 posted on 11/06/2006 7:47:39 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Harrius Magnus; Lorianne
If God was a lawyer, there would be warning labels on air and water.

Look how many people are killed by dihydrogen monoxide.

20 posted on 11/06/2006 7:49:05 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lorianne

Using contraception is not only immoral, it's asking for trouble healthwise.


21 posted on 11/06/2006 7:50:45 PM PST by balch3
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To: Tax-chick
They had no idea that these were the risks? If they would bother to open the little sheet of paper that comes with the prescription they would see the side effects and risks.
22 posted on 11/07/2006 6:28:13 AM PST by SQUID
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To: Tax-chick
This is the kind of stuff that is killing medicine. This is why doctors can't treat patients anymore.
23 posted on 11/07/2006 6:29:02 AM PST by SQUID
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To: balch3

"Using contraception is not only immoral (in my opinion), I believe it's asking for trouble healthwise."

There. Fixed it. :)


24 posted on 11/07/2006 6:30:37 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: SQUID

I agree with your points. The patients should have known they were assuming these risks, and they should not, in my opinion, have a cause of action for having made a bad decision about their health.


25 posted on 11/07/2006 7:07:34 AM PST by Tax-chick ("If we have no fear, Pentecost comes again." ~ Bishop William Curlin)
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