On July 17, 2005, the Associated Press See AP newspaper article ran a story about several people who experienced serious injuries or who died from using the contraceptive patch. According to the article, the risk of dying or suffering a blood clot while using the patch is three times as high as the risk in women taking the pill. The AP found that before the patch was approved, the FDA had received notices that nonfatal blood clots from the patch were three times that of the pill. The AP then examined what has actually happened since the patch came on the market and found that deaths also appear to be at least three times as high.
According to their story, “if you are a women taking the pill who doesn’t smoke and is under 35, the chance that you are going to have a blood clot that doesn’t kill you is between 1 and 3 in 10,000. Your risk of dying from a blot clot while using the pill is about 1 in 200,000. By contrast, with the patch, the rate of nonfatal blood clots was about 12 out of 10,000 users during clinical trials, while the rate of deaths appears to be 3 out of 200,000. Clots usually form in the legs, and become serious problems if they travel to a woman’s heart, lungs or brain.”
If a loved one died, or if you or a relative sustained a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), blood clot or permanent vision impairment, please speak with a Patch lawyer or Patch attorney today.
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