Breaking news this morning about a recall of millions of birth control pills that might not work!
As the Huffington Post and several other major media outlets are reporting, Pfizer is recalling 1 million packets of birth control pills after uncovering a mistake in packaging. The error could leave women with an inadequate amount of the drugs needed to keep from becoming pregnant.
Pfizer says some packets of the drugs have too many active tablets and others have too few. As most of you know, oral birth control products have 21 drug tablets and 7 inactive sugar tablets. A Pfizer spokeswoman says the problem was caused both by “mechanical and visual inspection failures on the packing line” but the problem has been corrected. I smell firings!
Here’s a portion of Pfizer’s statement:
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. These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks. However, consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately. Patients who have the affected product (lot numbers are provided below) should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy.
The problem affects 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. Both products are manufactured by Pfizer and marketed in the U.S. by Akrimax Rx Products. The affected packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. The drugs were distributed to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies throughout the U.S.
If this is your birth control stop taking it right now and make sure to use another form of contraception like a condom! Call your doctor for a new prescription and return your pills to the pharmacy.