Monday, September 19, 2011

Birth Control Recall

Author: jM

I don't mean to be an alarmist, ladies, but CHECK YOUR BIRTH CONTROL NOW. In news that will make your uterus cringe (I know mine did in solidarity), NPR has reported that a recall has been issued for a bunch of birth control pills due to a "packaging mix-up" by their Alabama-based manufacturer. Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, a company responsible for the production of many generic drugs including many oral contraceptive brands, issued a press release through their parent company Endo Pharmaceuticals stating:

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals today issued a voluntary, nationwide, retail-level recall of multiple lots of oral contraceptives. The recall is being implemented because of a packaging error, where 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. This packaging error and the potential for this error to have affected other oral contraceptive products resulted in the company issuing the recall of multiple lots. 

Basically, you could be completely unprotected on the days you thought you were covered. Not only could you get your period unexpectedly (probably on the one day you decide to frolic in a white dress in a all-white room), you could wind up with an unplanned pregnancy. So, if you have been counting on birth control as your sole method of contraception, now is a good time to start investing in condoms. The press release went on to say that pharmacies have been ordered to contact potentially affected consumers. But, no need to wait for that. A list of the brands and the lot numbers in question can be found in this PDF. Hopefully, the word will get out before too many women are adversely effected by this. Though considering the timing, if there are a slew of prom babies next spring, we'll know why. 


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