If you’re relying on Norgestimate or Ethinyl Estradiol as your only method of birth control, you could be in trouble. Glenmark Generics, Inc. has issued a recall of the pills, saying a packaging error on seven lots of the pills could lead to incorrect dosing, causing some women to become pregnant accidentally.
While there are no immediate health risks—other than unintended pregnancy—patients who have pills from any of the lots are encouraged to stop taking the pills immediately and speak with their physician about other options. The lot numbers on the packages are: 04110101, 04110106, 04110107, 04110114, 04110124, 04110129, and 04110134.
The pills were sent to wholesalers and retail pharmacies across the nation between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30 of 2011. Glenmark said the packaging error was discovered after a customer complained that one of her blister packs had the pills packaged in reverse order. The company has since identified and corrected the cause of the problem and says “At this time, there remains sufficient supply of unaffected lots of material in the marketplace to support demand.”
Pfizer recently issued a recall of more than 1 million packets of birth control for the exact same reason, making this the second major birth control recall in just one month.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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