WHAT IS DEPO-PROVERA?
Depo-Provera is a hormonal contraceptive administered by intramuscular injection once every eleven to thirteen weeks. It is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc.
WHAT IS DEPO-PROVERA PRESCRIBED FOR?
Depo-Provera is commonly prescribed as a birth control method. However, it is also used in treating certain types of cancer, including cancer of the endometrium (lining of the uterus).
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF DEPO-PROVERA?
A recent study shows that using Depo-Provera long-term may result in significant loss of bone mass density (BMD), resulting in osteoporosis. The loss of bone mass density increases the longer it is used.
On November 17, 2004, the FDA issued a “black box” warning regarding the long-term use of Depo-Provera and its strong causal relationship to significant loss of bone mass density, including the development of osteoporosis and osteopenia. The warning reads:
“Use of Depo-Provera may cause you to lose calcium stored in your bones. The longer you use Depo-Provera the more calcium you are likely to lose. The calcium may not return completely once you stop using Depo-Provera.”
Due to the concerns over bone loss, both the FDA and Pfizer recommend that Depo-Provera usage be limited to two years, unless there is no other viable method of contraception.
All individuals who have used Depo-Provera as a method of birth control may consider requesting a bone scan from your doctor to determine if you are suffering from osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, or osteoporosis.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE BEEN INJURED AS THE RESULT OF USING DEPO-PROVERA?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with osteopenia and/or osteoporosis as the result of using Depo-Provera, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation , contact us today!