Attention ladies (and men who don't want their ladies to get pregnant)!
Pfizer has recalled 1 million birth control packets in the U.S. because of a packaging error that may have left too many active tablets or too many placebos, which could also be out of correct sequence in the 28 day pill cycle.
The company explained the mixup that could increase the chances of pregnancy in a statement reading:
“As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy…Consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”
Affected pills include 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, which were distributed to warehouses, clinics and pharmacies throughout the U.S. The expiration dates range from July 31, 2013, to March 31, 2014, so make sure to give your birth control packaging a second look!
Click here for a full list of all the affected lot numbers and packaging information.
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