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Another Pill Recall: Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol

5:26 pm - 02/27/2012
Birth Control Pills Recalled: Tablets Are Out Of Order In Blister Packs
By Mary Beth Quirk on February 27, 2012 4:00 PM

February is turning into quite the unfortunate month for birth control recalls — earlier this month one million pill packets were recalled by Pfizer, and now another company, Glenmark Generics, says seven lots of its pills might have tablets in the wrong order in blister packs.

The company says the generic pills involved are Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol, where the tablets were placed in reverse order, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Those affected were distributed between September 21 and December 30, 2011.

A key to recognizing whether the pack you have is subject to recall is if its number and expiration date are not visible except on the outer pouch, as the blister packaging was inserted 180 degrees from where it should be within the card.

Consumers exposed to any of these packages should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception, notify your physician and return the pills to the pharmacy.

See below for affected lot numbers:

NDC: 68462-565-29
Lot number 04110101, expiration 7/31/2013
Lot number 04110106, expiration 7/31/2013
Lot number 04110107, expiration 7/31/2013
Lot number 04110114, expiration 8/31/2013
Lot number 04110124, expiration 8/31/2013
Lot number 04110129, expiration 8/31/2013
Lot number 04110134, expiration 9/30/2013

Source knows this shit is important, and is boggled at the repetition of the problem. FDA recall notice.

In other news, people still don't understand how women can get pregnant when she is using birth control.
hustle_rose010 28th-Feb-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
jsyk i do get weird cramps with mirena. my cervix was aching for weeks, and i think i bled a little longer than the usual 1/2 hour to an hour. also, it seems like my period cramps moved down from my abdomen, lower to near my cervix? it's a little more painful. just something to note. i've never had children and have a small build, so that may have something to do with it. also, spotting ._. nuff said.

otherwise it's amazing :3 nothing hormonally significant has happened, nor weight fluctuations, etc. i'm glad my doctor didn't immediately rule it out as an option just because i've never been pregnant. especially because i don't have a good history with taking pills regularly.
roseofjuly 28th-Feb-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
That's why I haven't gotten it yet; I'm nervous about the spotting and loathe the fact that I can't control my period anymore. But I'm tired of taking a pill every morning. I've also thought about the Implanon.
recorded 28th-Feb-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
I've had my IUD for over a year now. I only use panty liners for my periods because the flow is so incredibly light. I don't have any spotting anymore. I started getting 'regularly' occurring periods (every ~60 days) again about 3-4 months after IUD insertion. If spotting/irregularity is the only thing holding you back & it's covered, you should go for it. A standard IUD removal is [as I heard] pretty easy should you determine it's not for you.

When I was spotting, I bought a bunch of cotton black underwear and wore a panty liner or two daily. The only reason I needed black underwear at all is because the panty liners we buy don't have the side wings and spotting is a bitch to get out. The spotting wasn't a hindrance for me once I had a stock of black underwear, but I had a pretty hearty period that I didn't miss one bit and a boyfriend that didn't mind hints of blood.
roseofjuly 28th-Feb-2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That doesn't sound so bad. I will definitely look into it, because like I said, I am tired of the pills every morning - and the lower dose of hormones might be good, too.

Thanks for the advice - and also, I wear those panty liners too, lol.
recorded 28th-Feb-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I was never good at taking pills at the same time daily and I'm so glad I don't have to now.

Yer welcome and here's the patient insert. :)
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