Earlier this week, Pfizer Inc. announced a nationwide recall of 1 million packs of birth control pills. The recalled oral contraceptives are sold in 28-pill packs with the brand names Lo/Ovral-28 and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradoil.
The birth control packs were recalled because Pfizer officials found that a packaging error caused some packages to have an excess of active pills, while other packages had an excess of inactive pills. Correct packaging includes 21 active ( hormone) pills and 7 inactive (sugar) pills.
Improperly packaged birth control packs put women at greater risk of getting pregnant. “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,” said Pfizer.
Besides unintended pregnancy, the recalled products do not have any immediate health risks. Women taking the recalled birth control should talk to their doctor about using other types of contraception.
Contact the Rhinelander defective pharmaceutical products attorneys of Habush Habush & Rotter S.C. at 800-242-2874, if you or someone you know has been harmed by a recalled or defective medication.