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Ortho Evra Death

New York, NY: (Oct-24-07) The family of Alycia Brown, a resident of Lacrosse, brought a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the 14-year-old girl died after using the company's Ortho Evra birth control patch. The suit claimed that the girl suffered two blood clots in her lungs on May 7, 2004, after using the patch for several weeks. J&J, the world's largest maker of health care products, faces lawsuits by 2,400 of the 5 million women who used the patch. Sources claim that Johnson & Johnson settled dozens of cases before trial without releasing financial details.

As part of a settlement reached, the company agreed to pay $1.25 million to resolve the lawsuit. It is claimed that the Brown agreement offers the first glimpse into how much money the company paid to resolve a case and avoid a trial that might air details of the company's safety concerns about the drug before it came to market in 2001. [BLOOMBERG: ORTHO EVRA DEATH]

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