Birth Control Pill RECALL
Well, this story should be interesting to follow to see the different outcomes. Pfizer on Wednesday recalled approximately one million packets of birth control pills because of a packaging error. See article below for more information on these defective products.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- About one million packets of birth control pills are being recalled in the United States by Pfizer Inc. because of a packaging error that could reduce the effectiveness of the pills and cause unintended pregnancies.
The recall of 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets was announced late Tuesday after Pfizer discovered that some blister packs may contain either too many or too few active pills and that the pills may be out of sequence. The expiration dates on the recalled packets range between July 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
The pills are packaged in blister packs containing 21 active tablets and seven inactive tablets. The packaging error means that the daily regimen for the pills may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy, Pfizer said in a news release.
Experts said the error could pose real problems for women using the pills.
"This is extremely important," said Dr. Steven Goldstein, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. "It is absolutely essential that birth control pills be taken as intended, with 21 medicated pills in a row. Otherwise ovulation could take place and an unintended pregnancy is definitely a possibility." Read more
Dr. Jill Rabin, Chief of Ambulatory Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Head of Urogynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY stated that women who determine that they do have the recalled contraceptive pills should first "ensure that you are not currently pregnant (by taking a pregnancy test) if you have any symptoms of pregnancy (missed periods/abnormal bleeding, etc)." They should also switch immediately to a non-hormonal form of contraception if they are not pregnant, notify their health care provider of the situation, and return the defective product to the pharmacy.
Apparently the cause of the error was identified and corrected immediately, according to Pfizer, it has also been reported to the USDA. The pills were manufactured and packaged by Pfizer and sold under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand and distributed to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies across the United States.
As stated above should you determine that you have a been using one of the recalled pill packets, you should contact your Doctor immediately. Now what if you find yourself pregnant what happens then, after contacting your Doctor to discuss your options, you should also contact an attorney experienced is cases of defective products to ensure that you know your legal options and/or compensation. Contact us online or via telephone 954 431 8100 or 305 624 9186 for your FREE consultation telephone 954 431 8100 or 305 624 9186 for your FREE consultation.