Birth Control Patch Results in Class Action Suit

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A class action lawsuit involving the Canadian version of the Ortho Evra birth control patch has been filed, according to a recent report. An agreement has been reached to settle the class action lawsuit by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit was filed by women who claimed that they did not receive adequate warnings about the possible side effects of the patch.

The women involved in the lawsuit claim that the patch can cause blood clots, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks and strokes, and claim that they were not given proper warning about these possible side effects when they were prescribed the patch.

The birth control patch in Canada is distributed by Janssen-Ortho, Inc. It is this company that the class action lawsuit was filed against. Reports claim that there is a significantly higher level of estrogen in the patch than in the traditional birth control pill, and this increased estrogen level increases the risk of these side effects.

The label for the birth control patch has been updated on a number of occasions to advise users and prescribers about the risks associated with the patch. However, both users of the patch and campaigners have said that the warnings are still not adequate, thus putting users of the patch at increased danger.

 

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