Is Your Birth Control Part of This Recall?


As the result of a packaging error, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is recalling one million packets of birth control that may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.

Apparently some of the birth control packets may contain too many sugar pills (placebos) while others might not have enough.

The mix-up affects 28 lots of pills: 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. Patients can see a full list of lot numbers of the affected packets on the FDA website here.

The pills were manufactured by Pfizer and marketed by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals and shipped to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies nationwide. The affected packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

While the company said in a written statement that the error does not pose any immediate health risks, it could raise the risk of accidental pregnancy.

“Consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately,” Pfizer spokesperson Grace Ann Arnold, said in a written statement.

Uh, yeah. Because last I heard, jumping up and down after sex will not actually keep you from getting pregnant.

This is the second time in the past six months that birth control pills have been recalled for posing the risk of not preventing pregnancy. In September, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals pulled several lots for a packaging error that could cause could women to take the birth control pills out of order.

Megan Sayers is the managing editor for ModernMom. Follow her on Twitter @MeganSayers 

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