The Government Pharmacy says it does not import the birth control patch known as Ortho Evra that is reportedly causing health complications for women in the United States.

The pharmacy report comes in response to queries following the filing of another lawsuit against the maker of the Ortho Evra birth control patch in Washington.

The lawsuit claims 43 women developed blood clots and other health problems since taking the prescription contraceptive.

Government pharmacist Waisea Kelo said the health ministry has never purchased the product nor issued them at its health centers and hospitals.

A number of major drug wholesalers and chemists around the country confirm they have not imported nor sold the birth control patch.

The international medical journal quoted lawyers in the US as saying the Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical Company should pay substantial financial damages to their clients for the health problems suffered.

According to the journal, similar lawsuits have been filed on behalf of 400 women nationwide but the company is not commenting.


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