[photogallerylink id=70883 align=left]Pfizer is recalling one million packets of birth control pills and URGING women who use them to prevent pregnancy, “to immediately find a backup method.”
According to Associated Press, drug maker Pfizer claims, “one million packets of birth control pills sold in the United States may not work because of a packaging error.”
The issue 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 under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand.”
Pfizer found that some packets of the birth control had “too many active tablets, while others had too few.”
The oral birth control products use “a series of 21 drug tablets and 7 inactive sugar tablets to regulate the menstrual period while providing contraception.”
The problem was caused by both “mechanical and visual inspection failures on the packaging line.” according to a company spokeswoman.
The drug company issued a statement saying the issue was fixed immediately and the recall does not relate to safety. The worry of this concern is the raise in the risk of unintended pregnancy.
“Patients with the affected lot numbers should return them to the pharmacy.
The affected packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014.”
Lot numbers are available at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm289770.htm