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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Did Johnson & Johnson hide birth control patch risks?

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Johnson & Johnson, makers of every school boys dream, Johnson's Baby Oil, have joined the ranks of those pharmaceutical companies accused of hiding data regarding one of their drugs.

MSN Health Today is reporting that Johnson & Johnson may have known years ago about the deadly risks of its birth control patch Ortho Evra.

Data from patient reports between 2002 and 2004 show a 12 percent increased risk for stroke and an 18 percent increased risk for blood clots associated with Ortho Evra, compared with the conventional birth control pill.

Apparently, internal documents obtained by NBC News, show letters from the then Vice President Dr. Patrick Caubel.

Caubel quit his post in 2005 and part of his resignation letter reads:

"I have been involved in the safety evaluation of Ortho Evra since its introduction on the market. … The estrogenic exposure [of the patch] was unusually high, as was the rate of fatalities."

MSN Health Today writes:

His letter, which was obtained by NBC, said the research was "compelling evidence" that the company ignored. Therefore, he wrote, "it became impossible for me to stay in my position as VP."

NBC's investigation also found a lawsuit by another Johnson & Johnson vice president, Dr. Joel Lippman, who is suing the company for unlawful termination after he says he blew the whistle on the patch's dangerously high levels of estrogen, even before it came to market.

The company, he says, "disregarded his concerns and launched the product anyway."

NBC is also reporting that Dr. Joel Lippman, is suing the company for wrongful termination, claiming that he was let go after he blew the whistle on the health dangers associated with the Ortho Evra patch.

You can watch the NBC bulletin HERE and read the article HERE

Hat-Tip: Susan [IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL KEEP GOING BLOGSPOT]

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