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18 Year Old Girl Dies From Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis While Wearing Ortho-Evra Patch

Posted in Misc. Drugs

I think the least enjoyable part of my job is the fact that I only get to help people after something bad has happened to them. 

I was reminded of that this morning while reviewing a death certificate of a girl who died less than a month after turning 18.  She was height-weight proportionate and a nonsmoker, but she died of a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.  Her physician attributes these events to the fact that she was wearing an Orth0-Evra birth control patch.

Talk about a preventable death.