Now that the FDA has “re-labeled” Ortho Evra the popular birth control patch, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of impending health issues caused by the patch. Women who use this patch are at a significantly increased risk for blood clots, strokes, and death than those women who use other forms of oral contraceptives. The manufacturer of Ortho Evra, Ortho-McNeil now admits that women using the patch can be exposed up to 60% more estrogen than those using oral contraceptives. Critics of both the patch and the FDA’s approval and monitoring practices, however, see the warning as simply another example of economics being placed above public safety. There has been a constant chorus of warnings about the extremely serious side-effects associated with the patch from a number of experts as well as the consumer watchdog group, Public Citizen (www.worstpills.org) and the Associated Press.
Who watches the watchdogs?