Birth Control Patch Users Face Increased Risk of Clotting

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2006 (AP) Risks of blood clots in legs and lungs are twice as high for women using the birth-control patch instead of the pill, says a study reported by the drug maker and the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Daniel Shames of the FDA said Friday the new findings don’t require immediate action by the government, but he urged concerned women to discuss the risk with their physicians.

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