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Ortho Evra Information

What is Ortho Evra?

Ortho Evra is the trade name under which Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals markets its norelgestromin and ethinyl estradiol transdermal system, or birth control patch. Ortho Evra or "The Patch" is a hormonal method of birth control in the form of a skin patch worn on the body, which delivers a steady flow of hormones through the skin and into your bloodstream over a period of seven days. In November 2005, the FDA updated the Ortho Evra label to include warnings that the product exposes women to higher levels of estrogen than most birth control pills, and that some women may be at increased risk for getting blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks.

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Ortho Evra: New Warnings About Being Overweight and Sauna or Whirlpool Heat
A November 2006 Health Canada safety alert sets forth two new safety warnings about the Evra birth control patch: Women who are obese are at particularly high risk of blood clots and due to a theoretical risk of unintentional increase in estrogen exposure from the patch, patients are recommended not to expose the patch area to sources of heat such as sauna or whirlpool bath.

Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch: September 2006 Warning About Serious Blood Clot Risks
According to a September 20, 2006 FDA MedWatch Alert, the Ortho Evra label, or package insert, was being changed as a result of new data from two studies which were intended to quantify the risk of developing a serious blood clot in a woman using the Ortho Evra skin patch in comparison to that of a woman using a traditional birth control pill.

Ortho Evra Settlements Being Made By Johnson & Johnson
Starting in January 2006, Johnson & Johnson has been settling Ortho Evra lawsuits for adverse side effects related to the birth control patch, including blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and death.

Ortho Evra Blood Clot Risk Is Double That Of An Oral Contraceptive
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), announced on February 16, 2006 that early results from an Ortho Evra safety study indicate an increased risk of blood clots among users of its Ortho Evra birth control patch which is double that of women taking a typical birth control pill. The drug companies said that preliminary data from a second Ortho Evra study, however, shows no increased risk of blood clots associated with the use Ortho Evra.

FDA Approves Label Change for Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch
In November 2005 the FDA approved an updated label, or package insert, for the Ortho Evra birth control patch. The new language includes a bolded warning which states that a woman who uses the Ortho Evra skin patch is exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than if she was taking a typical birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen, putting her at increased risk for blood clots.

Newspapers Reveal Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch is Linked to Blood Clots and Deaths
A July 2005 news article by Associated Press (AP) that was published in numerous newspapers around the country brought to the public's attention the fact that the birth control patch Ortho Evra was linked to harmful blood clots prior to FDA approval.

Pulmonary Embolism And Deep Vein Thrombosis: Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery

For women who are using estrogen-progestin methods of birth control, such as Ortho Evra, here is some important information about symptoms, treatment and recovery from a blood clot, which is a serious, potentially fatal side effect of these birth control products.

Ortho Evra and Legal Compensation

All states have statutes of limitations that determine the time period allowed to file an Ortho Evra lawsuit. The applicable statute of limitation, or deadline to file claims, varies from state to state, and the personal injury statute of limitation deadline can be different from the wrongful death statute of limitation deadline within the same state.

Ortho Evra Class Actions
We believe that people who suffered a serious injury or death due to the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch are better served when an individual lawsuit is filed on their behalf.

Ortho Evra Information from FDA
Ortho Evra product label, questions and answers, FDA patient information sheets.

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