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Massive Birth Control Recall: Are Your Pills Safe?

By Sierra Black |

Massive birth control recall due to faulty pill placement

News flash: your birth control pills may not be working. Right now, this month.

A major manufacturer of oral contraceptives, Alabama-based Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, has issued a huge recall of pill packets. The problem: pills were put in the wrong slots in the plastic packages, meaning women won’t get the right pills at the right time of month.

That, in turn, means the pills won’t be effective at preventing pregnancy. Which many women were no doubt relying on them to do.

Qualitest (whose name has been called out as ironic by several news outlets, given their massive quality testing failure on this one), has issued a press release letting women know what pills are affected. Here’s the list of pill types being recalled:

  • Cyclafem 7/7/7
  • Cyclafem 1/35
  • Emoquette
  • Gildess FE 1.5/30
  • Gildess FE 1/20
  • Orsythia
  • Previfem
  • Tri-Previfem

Qualitest is also promising to “rectify the issue in a timely manner”.

As Jezebel put it:

I’m not sure how the drug company is going to be able to “rectify” countless unintended pregnancies but until that miracle day arrives, you can find the full list of the specific lots that are being recalled here.

Be sure to check your pills and see if they’re affected. This is one medical recall you don’t want to ignore.

Photo: M. Markus


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Sierra Black lives, writes and raises her kids in the Boston area. She loves irreverence, hates housework and wants to be a writer and mom when she grows up. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sierra's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Massive Birth Control Recall: Are Your Pills Safe?

  1. diane caso says:

    And more than a bit if unplanned pregnancy is not enough=exposing an embryo to multiple doses of hormones…

  2. Lisa says:

    Aren’t the placebo pills a different color? Am I missing something?

  3. Anon, the original one says:

    ^ I know mine are. I guess some people are just. that. clueless. And the exact people who probably shouldn’t breed.

  4. mccn says:

    @Anon – or maybe some people take their pills in a dark house and don’t turn on the lights, or aren’t looking when they take them. You don’t have to be stupid in order to miss a color change for a pill or two – I don’t give my full attention to everything all the time, either.

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