Pfizer Inc. is recalling birth control packets after a packaging error has left some with too many or too few “active” tablets.
Pfizer Inc. is recalling 1 million birth control packets after a packaging error has left some with too many or too few “active” tablets. Oral birth control is supposed to have 21 active tablets, and 7 inactive sugar tablets.
The affected birth control brands are Lo/Ovral®-28 and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets
A company spokeswoman said the problem was caused by both mechanical and visual inspection failures of the birth control. She said the problem has been corrected. Patients with the affected lot numbers should call their doctor immediately and return the birth control packets to the pharmacy. The company urges affected consumers to “begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”
While the birth control recall does not involve a safety issue, it does pose a serious problem because of unintentional pregnancy.
The affected birth control packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. Click here to find out specific lot numbers and read the full recall on the FDA website.
Photos of the recalled birth control packets are below.