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Ortho Evra birth control patch now warns of death, permanent disability from blood clots

Stronger warnings have been placed on packages of the Ortho Evra birth control patch, informing users that studies suggest women who use the patch are at greater risk of developing potentially life-threatening blood clots than women who use some oral contraceptives. Birth control pills with the combined hormones estrogen and progestin carry a risk for blood clots. Ortho Evra is a combined hormone contraceptive, containing the progestin norelgestromin and the estrogen ethinyl estradiol. The patch is a thin, matrix-type transdermal patch that is applied to the skin and gradually releases the active ingredients to stop ovulation in order to prevent ... Read More

Accidental exposure to pain, nicotine, birth control patches can be deadly

Transdermal patches that administer medication through the skin can be dangerous and even deadly if children get their hands on them, according to government records. There are about 60 different kinds of drugs sold as patches in the United States, and they contain medications such as nicotine, painkillers and birth control hormones. Users simply apply the patches to the skin and then discard them after use. The patches work relatively well to deliver medication into the bloodstream without having to be swallowed or received intravenously. However, problems arise when those patches – used or new – get in contact with ... Read More

Ortho Evra birth control patch warning upgraded to a black box warning

A new black box warning has been added to the safety label of Johnson & Johnson’s birth control patch Ortho Evra (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol), alerting consumers that women aged 15-44 who use the patch may be at greater risk for life-threatening blood clots compared to women of the same age who take oral contraceptives. The boxed warning also informs users that cigarette smoking while using the patch puts them at greater risk for heart attacks. While the boxed warning regarding cigarette smoking and cardiovascular risk is consistent with the current labeling for other combination hormonal contraceptives, the boxed warning for blood ... Read More