Thursday, 02 February 2012
Pfizer recalled nearly 1 million birth control pills because some of the placebo (inactive) pills were mistakenly placed in the active pill spots. Birth control pills are normally packed in blister packs containing 21 active pills and seven placebo pills to be taken in that order. The error in the order of the recalled packs will increase chance of contraception failure.
The recall affects certain lots of Lo/Ovral-38 as well as the generic forms of norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets. The problematic packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 13, 2014.
Pfizer urge consumers using the affected lot to start using a non-hormonal form of birth control immediately. Women who have been taking the recalled pills should take a pregnancy test if they have any pregnancy symptoms.