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Ortho Evra Settlements Being Made By Johnson & Johnson

Birth Control Patch Causes Blood Clots Leading to Strokes, Heart Attacks, And Death

Starting in January 2006, Johnson & Johnson has been settling Ortho Evra lawsuits that involve the following serious side effects in women using their birth control patch:

  • strokes;
  • heart attacks;
  • pulmonary embolisms; and,
  • deep vein thrombosis.

More recently, on May 2, 2006 lawyers for Johnson & Johnson announced their "quick-settlement strategy" at conferences with the respective judge presiding over the federal court Ortho Evra cases and the New Jersey state court Ortho Evra cases.

Generally, the Ortho Evra lawsuits filed to date have alleged that this contraceptive patch causes blood clots in relatively young (mostly in teens and twenties) women using the Ortho Evra patch which led to serious cardiovascular side effects such as stoke and heart attack, sometimes resulting in death.

In November 2005 the FDA approved a stronger warning about the blood clot risk associated with the birth control patch. The revised Ortho Evra label, or package insert, included a bolded warning which states that a woman who uses this contraceptive patch is exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than if she was taking a typical birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen. It is widely believed that it is this increased level of estrogen that leads to the increased risk for blood clots.

We would like to evaluate any possible Ortho Evra personal injury or wrongful death case for the purpose of filing an individual lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of the injured woman or the family of a deceased woman who used the Ortho Evra patch. If you or someone you know has suffered any of the above-listed birth control patch side effects, we encourage you to complete our Ortho Evra Case Evaluation form for a free case review.

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