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Another class action lawsuit against Ortho Evra Makers

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson Inc., on behalf of the estate of a 26-year-old woman.

According to the suit, she died from an acute pulmonary embolism after using the Ortho Evra birth control patch from November 26, 2002 to July 8, 2003. The suit was filed on July 13, 2006 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

On July 8, 2003, the young woman experienced difficulty breathing and collapsed in her home. When the paramedics arrived they found the woman in acute respiratory distress. She was taken to the emergency room at St. John Macomb Hospital in Michigan. After failure to respond to CPR and other life-saving measures she was pronounced dead that evening. An autopsy revealed the cause of death as an acute pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, usually due to a blood clot that has travelled to the lung from the leg, but clots can also form in the pelvic vein. Recent reports have indicated that the risk of developing blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke may be significantly higher with the Ortho Evra patch than with oral contraceptive use. In fact, the patch has been linked to the deaths of at least seventeen young American women over the past two years

The FDA has logged 9,116 reports of adverse reactions to the patch in a 17-month period. While Ortho Tri-Cyclen - a birth control pill - had only 1,237 adverse reactions reported over six years. During a 12-month period, 44 serious injuries or deaths have been associated with Ortho Evra, whereas only 17 such reports were linked to the birth control pill during a similar time period. These statistics are even more damning when you consider the fact that Ortho Tri-Cyclen has six times the number of users of Ortho Evra.

Ortho-McNeil, the manufacturer or the Ortho Evra birth control patch, has aggressively marketed the patch as a convenient alternative to oral birth control pills. Stylish ad campaigns and celebrity endorsements seem to have worked their magic with approximately 4 million women using the Ortho Evra Patch since it went on sale in 2002.

Would these 4 million women have been so quick to toss out their pills and put on the patch if they had known what Ortho-McNeil did? It is alleged that the drug company was aware of the increased medical risks associated with Ortho Evra before the drug was approved and that, once approved, the company failed to adequately warn patients about these risks. This is a horrific charge and if found guilty, Ortho-McNeil will face severe repercussions.

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Posted by
Chastity Veuthey
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In 2001 I had a miscarriage I was put on 3 or tho tried cycle pills a day due to hemmorraging I still got pregnant while taking those pills and my son was born 8 weeks early and I had a large DVT from my knee to my belly button but I was also taking paxil. Is there anything I can do about this?

Posted by
Mallory Cuellar
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Pulmonary. Embolism. From orthodox tricyclen

Posted by
Trina
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I was put on Orthocept and was only on it for three weeks when I ended up in the emergency room with a pulmonary embolism on my lung . It was the scariest thing that's ever happened to me. I was on it to control cysts. Now I can never be on another estrogen again and I'll be on blood thinners probably for a year . I can't explain how upset I am. I get out of breath just walking from the bed to the bathroom. Never mind trying to go to my basement to do laundry. If anyone knows of a class action suit , please let me know.

Posted by
Tasha Otty
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I was on Ortho TriCyclin for 3 months and ended up in the hospital with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. If I hadn't been made to go to the hospital, I wouldn't be here today. I want to sue the company.

Posted by
D Schulz
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I was on Ortho Tricyclen for approx 6 months and ended up in the ER with bi-lateral pulmonary embolism. If I had not went it I would not be here today. I would like to get info on who to contact for a suit. I think they need to be held accountable and there are many more women out here that haven't posted anything.

Posted by
Sozan. Daoud
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I used ortho Evra for just 4 months it end up with pulmonary embolism I want to sue this company.

Posted by
Jacqueline Royal
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I was on the Ortho-Novum patch in early 2000 and ended up needing a hysterctomy . Many days doubled over in pain trying to just get through the day. I lost more than my uterus and ovaries. It robbed me of my ability to have more children. Still dealing with all the effects of not having hormone producing ovaries.

Posted by
Julia Roberts
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I was on 3 birth controlpills..Was in and out of drs.office not feeling good.My legs from waste down would go completely numb and lost over half of my hair which took me forever to grow now my hair is really thin...Had melasma which I never had til after I started the pill..Had to go to a dermatologist to have laser peels which were torture..And when I went to drs they made me think I was loosing my mind not to mention the hair Dr told me it was normal to loose over 100 strands of hair a day...I tried calling several attorneys even Sam Bernstein..Was told case was too big an no one could help me..Its been since 2002/2003..Still not the same...Can I still get help? Please..Thank you..

Posted by
Alison Knabe
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Is there any compensation for dvt with ortho tri cyclens

Posted by
Amanda Johnson
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I need to file a law suit against ortho evra birth control pat,h i was on it and developed blood clots on my brain hospitalized for a week or so, im taking blood thinners because of it. Im not aloud to take anytype of birth control.

Posted by
Rachel Sano
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I was on the Othro Cept pills for 3 years starting in 2010, I am 22 and had a Pulmonary Embolism from a clot that painfully started in my leg and made its way to my lung. I also have another clot on my groin. I had to go to the emergency room 3 times over the course of 2 weeks in substantial amount of pain for them to figure out what was wrong with me, I came way too close to losing my life. Now ill be on Coumadin for at least 3 months and have very restricted lung capacity in my left lung which doesn't seem to be going away :/

Posted by
Linda Barosky
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Is there any class action lawsuits regarding any of the or tho birthcontroll products? I developed a rare liver disease which required me to have a liver transplant. I now have to worry about other forms of cancer due to the anti rejection drugs I am now required to take. I was told by several attorneys that there are none but someone told me they heard this may no longer be the case. Has anyone also heard this? I have already developed one form of cancer due to anti rejection drugs and my quality of life has defiantly changed. I would appreciate any feedback available. I have three children and would like to make sure they are taken care of if I eventually pass due to cancer or transplant

Posted by
Jocqueline
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I was given mostly all of the Ortho-Novum pills from the Ortho-Novum Lo to the Ortho-Novum 777 and also one to regulate my hormones. I recall a couple of occasions when these pills were the cause of my sickness. There were times when I had numbing pains in my legs and arms. Also I started having knots so to speak the doctor always told me I was fine but some of those same symptoms occur still today. I have often wondered how it is that no one bothered to tell me ( doctors) that's this was making me sick and yes it is documented it was between the years of 1995-1999.

Posted by
Thameka Barber
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I am trying to reach out to as many people as I can to get help on finding a lawyer because I have also been hospitalized for blood clots in the lungs. I had to stay in the hospital for seven days. Put into a coma like state so that the clots would move to my heart or brain. If there is anybody out there that can assist me with these matter please feel free to e-mail me at: bthameka@yahoo.com.
I am currently on Warfin blood thinners for the nest five years of my life and hopefully after that I can be taken off of them but as of now its a must that I take them to be here with my children. So please, please contact me if you can help me. Stay blessed:)

Posted by
Richelene Yglesias
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I was on Ortho-Try-Cyl Lo Tabs and in September 22, 2010 I was rushed to the emergency room with breathing problems and thinking I was having a heart attack. Later learned from the hospital that I had multiple pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) of both lungs due to the pill. I am lucky to be alive. Is there a possible lawsuit?

Posted by
channon
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I have taken ortho tri cyclen, depo shots, and 777. I developed serious case of endometriosis and have had 4 surgeries to treat endometriosis, which always seem to return.

Posted by
Michelle Napier
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I was on this from 2010 till 2012 when I had a blood clot travel from my leg to my lung almost killing me is there any lawsuits from people like me to get paid back for the problems we all faced from it?

Posted by
Pamela Martin
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I was using it and I had multiple blood clots on my ovary and tube. They ruptured and I had to have emergency surgery, blood transfusion and I lost my tube and ovary. I had no medical insurance and I was 19 years old. Still paying on medical bills

Posted by
Beverly
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I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen in 1999/2000 and had a blod clot bust in my leg.

Posted by
Amanda Schaefer
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I went on Ortho Tri-Cyclen in April of 2012, wanting to prevent myself from getting pregnant before my brothers wedding( which was then going to try for a baby after the wedding) and in July of 2012 I was in the ER with 3 pulmonary embolisms in my lungs and was told I was lucky I was still alive. I spent 3 days in the hospital, 3 weeks on Lovenox and then 6 months on Coumadin. I am only 33 years old and have also been told that I should not have any more children due to this. I was on the IUD Marina for several years and had no symtoms and also had 2 children after going off of it but as soon as I got on this birth control it has now changed my life.

Posted by
Sandra Carpenter
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I was put on Ortho-cept May of 2012 and have been suffering from repeated cyst on my left ovarie that have been rupturing and reforming this was diagnosed last week after being rushed into the E.R. they have since then palced me on another birth conyrol pill to see if it will stop the cysts from growing and eventually go away. but there not sure if there is any permanant damage at this point. Now we play the waiting game. In the meantime I wonder if the new birth control will cause damage? This is nothing an 18yr old healthy girl should ever have to go through.

Posted by
Tabitha Jozwick
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I was on Ortro Tri-Cyclen from August/September to December 2009 and during that time, I was slowly losing blood and my hemoglobin reached to a 7, requiring me to get a blood transfusion of 3 whole units of blood.

Posted by
Maria Barela
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I was on ortho novum for a total of 4 years and on depo provera for 1 year then on ortho again for another 3 years. I had many side effects and every time the dose was changed. I have developed cysts on both ovaries and twice I have had fibroid tumors, I had two of them removed 3 years ago. Did not decide to have a hysterctomy because I wanted to have one more child. Now the tumor came back and I will need to have uterus removed since the tumor has taken over. Therefore I will not be able to have that child I wanted. I blame all this on all that birth conrol I took and many years. Is there any lawsuit againts the manufacturers of this birth control? I will appreate your information.

Posted by
angela oneal
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is there a lawsuit for ortho tricyclen

Posted by
Susan Knight
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I was perscribed Ortho Cept October 23 2007 and had two pulmonary embolisms that caused me to loose a portion of my right lung two months later. These are deadly meds... They are third generation birth controll pills with senthetic hormones in them that are putting women at high risk of serious injury and death. Why hasn't anybody taken on these cases to better protect us!

Posted by
Jennifer Frandsen
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I was given Ortho-Novum in August of 2009 I began taking the medication in November of 2009 & by March 2010 I was in ICU with blood clots. I almost lost one of my legs due to the clot. I spent approximately 20 days in the hospital & was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. For the rest of my life I have an increase chance of getting blood clots which could kill me I also will have to take medicine until the day I die to prevent me from getting more clots. How do I go about taking legal action against this company?This medical condition has affected my life in several ways none of which are good.

Posted by
Stephanie Jaramillo
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I am trying to find out some information about any types of lawsuits against the birth control pill Ortho-Novum. I starting taking the birth control pill back in October of 2009, and in less then a month I developed blood clots in both of my lungs and almost died. I suffered a pulmonary embolism and was hospitalized for a week and then placed on blood thinners for 6 months. As a result I can no longer take any type of birth control. Is there any information on a possible lawsuit against the makers of the Ortho-Novum birth control pill?

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