Pfizer Recalls 1 Million Packs of Birth Control

February 1, 2012  |  

Birth control is not something you want to mess up, but Pfizer may have accidentally. The drug manufacturer is recalling about a million packs of pills in the US which it says may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. The company found that some birth control packets had too many active tablets, while others didn’t have enough.

“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,” according to a Pfizer statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

The brands involved include Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. While the pills pose no health threat, consumers are encouraged to “begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”

A company spokeswoman said the problem was caused by both mechanical and visual inspection failures on the packaging line, and the issue has now been fixed, thankfully.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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