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Research Article

Effects of manufacturing oral contraceptives on blood clotting.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 30 June 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:1761
  1. L Poller,
  2. J M Thomson,
  3. B W Otridge,
  4. K F Yee,
  5. S H Logan


    In monitoring the effects of industrial exposure resulting from the pharmaceutical manufacture of oestrogen-progestogen combinations by coagulation studies acceleration of some clotting tests was found. The most pronounced changes were in workers most closely associated with the industrial process. Less pronounced changes were found in women employees not closely concerned with the processing and may have been secondary to the postmenopausal bleeding to which they were prone. A safer work procedure elaborated by the Employment Medical Advisory Service was monitored by clotting studies for over a year but the three most highly exposed subjects showed no substantial improvement.