Maryland women are among the 500 claimants who have filed personal injury lawsuits related to injuries and deaths that were caused by using the Ortho Evra birth control patch. According to legal analysts, however, thousands of women around the world have suffered heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots as a result of using the patch but do not know that the patch was the reason. Many families are believed to have lost loved ones for the same reason.
The FDA announced last week that it had updated the label on the Ortho Evra birth control patch to include the results from one study that reported that women who used the patch were twice as likely to sustain a blood clot than women using the pill. Another test indicated that there was no difference in risk factors between women using both kinds of birth control.
The FDA offers the following Patient Information Sheet for women using Ortho Evra: