Ortho Evra lawsuits are being filed across the country, alleging that the contraceptive patch device causes serious side effects. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Ortho Evra lawyers around the country who will not charge no fee unless you obtain compensation. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7, or fill out a contact form.
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What Is the Ortho Evra?
Ortho Evra is a contraceptive patch used for to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The Ortho Evra patch is thought to be an alternative to those who do not wish to take an oral birth control pill. Ortho Evra is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho McNeil subsidiary. The patch releases an artificial mixture of the female hormones estrogen and progestin which stop a woman’s ovulation. It has been found that women who have used Ortho Evra are exposed to more than 60% more estrogen than if they use typical birth control pills. In general, higher levels of estrogen are associated with higher risks of dangerous side effects.
What Are Ortho Evra Side Effects?
- Pseudotumor Cerebri
- Visual disturbances
- Pulmonary Embolisms
- Heart Attack
- Transient Ischemic Attacks
- Hearing problems
- Blood Clots
- Deep Venous Thrombosis
- Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Why Are There Ortho Evra Lawsuits?
Numerous types of birth control pills, devices and patches have been linked to an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri, which is an uncommon, but severe neural illness that is triggered by high levels of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. Pseudotumor cerebri is dangerous because it puts enormous pressure on the brain, optic nerve, and optic disc, creating excruciatingly painful and dangerous symptoms that are comparable to a developing brain tumor.
Timeline of Events and Lawsuits:
- September, 2016: The Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the dismissal of a suit alleging Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho Evra birth control patch was the source of a young woman’s death. The court found that the teenager and her mother had been sufficiently warned about the increased threat of blood clots when using the patch.
- December, 2011: A panel of federal health advisors stated that Ortho Evra “more likely than not” does produce a higher risk of deadly blood clots than older drugs, but, ultimately recommended that it remain available to the consumer public as a possibility for women who have trouble orally taking a contraceptive pill.
- October, 2007: Johnson & Johnson reached a $1.25 million settlement for one Ortho Evra birth control patch lawsuit filed by a 14 year-old girl who suffered two severe blood clots in her lungs after using the patch for several weeks.
- November, 2005: The FDA distributed a warning for all consumers and health care providers concerning the potentially deadly side effects of the Ortho Evra birth control patch, and required Johnson & Johnson to strengthen the patch’s warning label.
- July, 2015: The Associated Press released an FDA study which concluded that Ortho Evra Patch users are three times more likely to develop blood clots than women who use typical oral birth control methods.
- April, 2005: 18-year-old New York City fashion student collapsed in a subway station. It was later determined that she died from a pulmonary embolism caused by the Ortho Evra Patch.
How Many Ortho Evra Lawsuits Have Been Filed?
As of 2010, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ortho McNeil had compensated injured females more than $80 million. Most, if not all of this money, was used to settle more than 4,000 state and federal lawsuits brought by women who had suffered from severe side effects. Those side effects included blood clots in legs and lungs, heart attacks and strokes. Sadly, Ortho Evra has also been blamed for 20 deaths due to the women’s use of Ortho Evra.
The lawsuits have claimed that Johnson & Johnson knew about higher levels of estrogen being released by the Ortho Evra patch, but failed to warn users that they could be at higher risk to suffer blood clots and other adverse side effects than women who use other forms of oral birth control such as the pill.
Have There Been Any Medical Studies Completed On Ortho Evra?
- July, 2015: Associated Press released a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study which concluded that Ortho Evra Patch users are three times more likely to develop blood clots than women who use typical oral birth control methods.
- March, 2012: A study published in the British Medical Journal found that the risk of blood clots and venous thrombosis was nearly eight times higher for women using birth control patches, compared to women who don’t use hormonal contraception at all.
- August, 2000: In clinical trials for the Ortho Evra birth control patch, 21% of women using the patch reported headaches and 2.7% reported migraine-related symptoms like throbbing pain, nausea, vision disturbances and a sensitivity to light. Read more.
- March, 1995: Birth control containing levonorgestrel was associated with 56 cases of PTC in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
What Has The FDA Done?
In 2010, an advisory panel, convened by the FDA, voted to strengthen the warnings on the Ortho Evra drug label. This change was accepted to bring light to the alleged heightened risk of venous thromboembolic events associated with Ortho Evra, compared to contraceptives that contain a lower dose of estrogen. However, the FDA has yet to issue an official warning regarding the potential link between Ortho Evra birth control and pseudotumor cerebri. Although the Ortho Evra patch has been linked to deaths of at least 23 women in recent years, Ortho-McNeil, nor the FDA, have given no indication that it plans to issue an Ortho Evra recall.
Why Contact Us?
If you or a loved one have suffered serious Ortho Evra side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced Ortho Evra lawyers across the country, who do not charge a legal fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form on our website.