LONDON, October 2, 2001 ( – Three pharmaceutical companies, which are responsible for making the most modern form of the oral contraceptive pill, are facing a massive lawsuit. The BBC reports that lawyers representing the families of 122 women who say they were not warned of the potential side effects of ‘the pill’ announced on Monday that they were taking Schering Healthcare, Organon Laboratories and Wyeth to the High Court in London.

In a statement to the press by the lawyers for the families it was noted that the pill caused the women to develop blood clots which led to long-term damage to their health, and in around 10% of cases proved fatal. “Some other conditions and injuries that have been suffered have included death, paralysis and life long disabilities due to clots in the deep veins.” The group litigation will go on trial in January 2002.

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