Parents Sue After 14-Year-Old Daughter Died with Birth Control Patch

By Hilary White

LA CROSSE, November 21, 2005 ( - When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia Brown of La Crosse Wisconsin found out their daughter was sexually active, they did what the modern culture told them was the right thing to do; they put her on birth control, choosing the popular hormonal patch instead of the Pill. When on May 7, 2004, Alycia died suddenly of blood clots in her lower pelvis Michael and Lorie Brown decided to sue the deadly drug’s manufacturer in the hopes of having it taken off the market.
  The patch, which releases a dose of contraceptive hormones into a woman’s blood stream through the skin, has been responsible for at least 17 deaths in women age 17 to 30 since its release in 2002, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
  In September 2004, a study by the FDA revealed 21 “life-threatening” conditions related to the patch such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. The Browns’ lawsuit claims the company intentionally withheld information from its own clinical trials and Food and Drug Administration records suggesting the increased risks.
  Thus far, Alycia is the youngest of the patch’s victims. Her mother told the La Crosse Tribune that the suit is only partly about collecting damages. “More than anything, I want it taken off the market,” she said.
“Maybe I’ll be able to save a life, if people know what happened to her.”
  Earlier this month, Ortho-McNeil agreed to improve the warnings on the labels for the patch to include the information that it had possible fatal side effects. The company admitted that the patch exposes women to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using typical birth-control pills.
  Read Previous coverage:
  Ortho McNeil Corp Admits Birth Control Patch Blood Clot Connection
  Contact the FDA to request that the drug be taken off the market:
  U. S. Food and Drug Administration
  5600 Fishers Lane,
  Rockville MD 20857-0001

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