Two lawsuits were filed in San Francisco regardnig the Ortho Evra patch. You can find them listed as Bracken-Hodge v. Ortho-McNeil, 06-457523; and Abel v. Ortho McNeil, 06-457524. In all more than forty women sued the makers of a popular birth-control patch alleging the contraceptive caused serious illnesses and at least one death.
In September, the FDA warned women that their risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs may be higher if they use the Ortho Evra birth-control patch instead of the pill.
The product label was updated to reflect the results of one study that found women using the patch faced twice the risk of clots than did women on the pill. A second study, however, found no difference in risk between the two forms of birth control.
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