Philadelphia Defective Hormone Drugs Lawyers
Hormone drugs are commonly used to prevent pregnancy in women, and to ease the symptoms of menopause in others. Unfortunately, high doses of hormones have been linked to serious and sometimes fatal complications, including blood clots and stroke.
Among these, Ortho Evra® (the birth control patch) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause have emerged as drugs that cause severe side effects. Those who have suffered adverse effects after using the Ortho Evra® birth control patch or HRT should contact our defective drug lawyers at Shein Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Pennsauken, New Jersey right away.
Ortho Evra® Birth Control Patch
When the Ortho Evra® birth control patch was approved in 2001, women in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the entire U.S. enjoyed its convenience. The birth control patch was advertised as a low-dose option that is as safe and effective as oral contraceptives. However, no one reported that the patch delivers 60 percent more estrogen compared to birth control pills, by delivering hormones directly into the bloodstream.
Side Effects Associated with Ortho Evra® Use
This larger dose of estrogen has been linked to dangerous side effects, including a threefold increase in death or suffering from a survivable blood clot. The Associated Press reported this information in 2005, to the shock of the five million women using the Ortho Evra® birth control patch in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the country. It’s postulated that dozens of women have died from blood clots caused by the birth control patch, and many others have survived severe blood clots in the legs, lungs, or brain.
Estrogen promotes blood coagulation, and its connection to blood clots – as well as heart attack and stroke — is well known. However, users of the Ortho Evra® birth control patch were not warned of these serious or fatal side effects. Rather, they were told that Ortho Evra® simply carried the same risks as the birth control pill, while being more convenient to use.
Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women who died while using Ortho Evra®. Some lawsuits contend that the makers of the birth control patch knew of the drug’s risks before it was approved. If you or a loved one has suffered severe side effects while taking the Ortho Evra® birth control patch, contact our offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to speak with our defective drug lawyers today. Conveniently located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, our firm can assist individuals in both states.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy, a long-favored treatment for the symptoms of menopause, has been linked to heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and blood clots. These disturbing findings emerged in 2002, when a study of 16,000 women was halted three years early as these findings emerged. A similar study being conducted in Britain was halted for the same reasons.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Risks
The American study found that hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, increased the risk of breast cancer by 26 percent, heart attack by 29 percent, and stroke by 41 percent. In addition, it was shown to increase the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs by 100 percent.
Use of HRT drugs — marketed as Prempro®, Premarin®, Premphase® or Provera® — has since plummeted, as it is now widely considered a defective drug. HRT had been prescribed to menopausal women for decades, with no understanding of its side effects or long-term risks.
In 2002, when HRT’s deadly side effects were discovered, six million women were taking Prempro. This translates to nearly half a million cases of blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and breast cancer.
If you have taken any type of HRT drug and have experienced side effects, talk to our Philadelphia defective drug lawyers immediately. Many women have mounted successful lawsuits against the makers of HRT drugs, and we can help you hold drug makers accountable.
Contact Shein Law online or call 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652).