A former executive for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ortho-McNeil has filed a civil lawsuit against his former company for firing him. He alleges that the company unlawfully terminated him in May because of his repeated complaints about the safety of certain drug products, including the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch.
An Associated Press article details the suit against J&J:
The lawsuit alleges Lippman’s problems with his employer began when he complained about inadequate safety data on a hormonal menopausal product called Ortho-Prefest and about serious health concerns over the Ortho Evra patch, “which released dangerously high levels of estrogen into patients.”
This September, the Food and Drug Administration required J&J to add a warning to the Ortho Evra package insert stating the risk of dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs may be higher for women on the patch instead of birth-control pills.