Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Massive birth control pill recall; 1.4 million packages yanked due to packaging error

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals has ordered a recall of 1.4 million birth control pills due to a packaging error.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals has ordered a recall of 1.4 million birth control pills due to a packaging error.

Women who take birth control pills be aware: 1.4 million packages are being recalled. 

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals has ordered a recall of several varieties of birth control pills due to a packaging error that can monkey with users' dosage schedules, according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration.

"Select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible," the FDA statement said.

In the affected packs, the card used to track dosage is misaligned and may result in women taking the hormone-free dummy pills on days when they should be taking active pills.

Taking the wrong pills on the wrong day could result in unwanted pregnancy. 

The recall affected the following products: Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previferm and Tri-Verifem.  
Qualitest Pharmaceuticals offered  1-877-300-6153   as a hotline for customers to answer questions, arrange to return their pills or report problems.

"These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks," according to the statement. "Consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately and consult their health care provider or pharmacist."

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