Women's Health -- At Peril in the Hands of Pharmaceutical Giants

September 23, 2010

In the wake of the controversy surrounding ella, the abortion drug produced by Watson Pharmaceuticals, MSNBC today is reporting new and serious allegations that another Pharmaceutical giant, Johnson and Johnson, has been withholding critical information about the health side effects of another reproductive medication, ortho evra, commonly called "the patch."

The patch has reportedly caused at least 23 deaths in women who have taken it since FDA approval in 2003. This is in part likely due to the fact that the patch allows for a large amount of estrogen to enter a woman's body (60% more than "the pill"). MSNBC is claiming that Johnson and Johnson have known about the deadly risks, but have hidden this information. Apparently the FDA has also been looking into these allegations for two years, but have not taken any action...