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Ortho Evra (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol)

Audience: Gynecologists, other healthcare professionals and consumers

[Posted 09/20/2006] Ortho-McNeil and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients about revisions to the prescribing information to inform them of the results of two separate epidemiology studies that evaluated the risk of developing a serious blood clot in women using Ortho Evra compared to women using a different oral contraceptive. The first study found that the risk of non-fatal venous thromboembolism (VTE) associated with the use of Ortho Evra contraceptive patch is similar to the risk associated with the use of oral contraceptive pills containing 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate.The second study found an approximate two-fold increase in the risk of medically verified VTE events in users of Ortho Evra compared to users of norgestimate-containing oral contraceptives containing 35 micrograms of estrogen. Although the results of the two studies differ, the results of the second study support FDA's concerns regarding the potential for Ortho Evra use to increase the risk of blood clots in some women.

Prescribing information for Ortho Evra continues to recommend that women with concerns or risk factors for thromboembolic disease talk with their healthcare professionals about using Ortho Evra versus other contraceptive options.

[September 20, 2006 - Updated Prescribing Information - Ortho-McNeil]
[September 20, 2006 - Drug Information Page - FDA]