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Birth control pills recalled, may not prevent pregnancy

8:00 pm - 01/31/2012
This is more of an FYI post. The tl;dr: Placement of extra placebos means the pill you take might not be contraceptive. If you use Lo/Ovral-28 tablets, Norgestrel, or Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, be aware!

Pfizer Inc. (PFE), the world’s biggest drugmaker, recalled 1 million packs of birth-control pills after discovering a packaging error that may cause women to take the wrong dosages and put them at risk for unintended pregnancies.

The company recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of a generic version of the medicine, New York-based Pfizer said today in an e-mail. About 1 million packs of 28 tablets were withdrawn, Grace Ann Arnold, a Pfizer spokeswoman, said in a separate e-mail.

The tablets, manufactured and packaged by Pfizer, were marketed by closely held Akrimax Rx Products of Cranford, New Jersey under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand. The company hasn’t received any reports of adverse health consequences, Arnold said.

Each pack contains 21 white tablets that contain the synthetic hormones norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol and are taken for 21 consecutive days. The remaining seven tablets are inactive pink pills taken for a week.

“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,” the company said. That could cause women to take an incorrect daily dosage and increase the risk of accidental pregnancy.

The error was “identified and corrected immediately,” and doesn’t pose immediate health risks, Pfizer said. “However, consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals won FDA approval of Lo/Ovral-28 in 1976. Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. (WPI) is among companies that offer generic copies. Pfizer acquired Wyeth in 2009.

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sesmo 1st-Feb-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Added.
chaya 1st-Feb-2012 05:34 am (UTC)
Perfect!
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