Pfizer Recalls Birth-Control Pills - Are you at risk?

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As a result of an error with the packaging that runs the risk of women getting pregnant, over one million packets of birth control pills have been recalled by Pfizer.

Around half the packets carry the brand name Lo/Ovral-28, while the rest were generic norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets. The problem comes from a packaging error, in which inactive pills have been misplaced, meaning they could be taken at the wrong time of the month.

Pfizer released a statement:

“An investigation by Pfizer found that some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence…As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.”

Pfizer goes on to say that “the cause of the inexact package counts has been identified and corrected ... mechanical and operator visual inspection systems failure on the packaging line.

The lot numbers have been posted on the FDA website. Women should also begin a backup form of non-hormonal birth control immediately, as they would no longer be protected from pregnancy if the inactive pills have been take during the wrong time.

Pfizer advised women taking the product to contact their doctor and return the pills with their packaging to their local pharmacy. Women have also been urged by gynecologists to take a pregnancy test and ensure they have not become pregnant, especially if they have any symptoms of pregnancy such as missed periods or abnormal bleeding.

To make sure that you are not at risk for an unexpected pregnancy due to defective birth-control pills, please consult your doctor. If you are located in the South Florida area and have any questions or concerns regarding contraceptive methods, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Written by an OB/GYN with over 25 years experience in adolescent health care in Canada, West Indies, Europe and the US.