Claim launched against makers of third generation pill

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:561
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    More than 100 women—and the families of seven who have died—launched a compensation claim in the High Court in London this week over side effects of third generation contraceptive pills.

    Their counsel, Lord Brennan QC, told Mr Justice Mackay that the third generation pill, introduced in the 1980s, carried more than twice the risk of venous thromboembolism as their second generation predecessors. He said that some of the women had sustained “devastating injury which will incapacitate them throughout their lives.”

    The case, which is …

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