Data from patient reports between 2002 and 2004 show a 12 percent increased risk for stroke and an 18 percent increased risk for blood clots associated with Ortho Evra, compared with the conventional birth control pill, journalists for NBC's Today Show reported Wednesday.
Ortho Evra was introduced to the market in 2002, and was immediately hailed as a breakthrough in birth control. Since its launch, roughly 40 million prescriptions have been written for the "patch." However, as more women began using it, an increase in associated claims of injury and death became evident.
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Furthermore, NBC is also reporting that another J&J vice president, Dr. Joel Lippman, is suing the company for wrongful termination, alleging that he was let go after he blew the whistle on the health dangers associated with the patch.