Johnson & Johnson Has Paid $68 Million to Settle Ortho Evra Lawsuits

According to court records, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has paid $68 million to settle lawsuits filed regarding the controversial birth control patch Ortho Evra. The lawsuits claim that the birth control patch cause a deep vein thrombosis, blood clots in the legs and lungs as well as heart attacks and strokes. At least 20 women have died as a result of complications from use of the Ortho Evra patch which releases a highly concentrated amount of estrogen into the blood stream. 5 million women have used the patch since its inception in 2002. The lawsuits argue that Johnson & Johnson hid or didn’t disclose data about the dangers of the birth control patch so that many users were unaware of its potential dangers until too late.
Once the problems began to surface, stronger warning labels were placed on the Ortho Evra boxes. Presently, the FDA warning label notes that those who use the patch may be exposing themselves to 60% more estrogen than the regular birth control pill. Along with the increase in estrogen comes the increase in risk for blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes.