Lawsuit Claims Mislabeled Birth Control Led To 113 Unwanted Pregnancies

November 12, 2015  |  

Irish drug maker Qualitest is facing a rather hefty lawsuit. According to, over 100 women are claiming that they became pregnant due to mislabeled birth control pills.

The suit, which was filed in Philadelphia last week, seeks millions in damages—including the cost of delivering and raising the children birthed as a result of these unwanted pregnancies. Some have even requested to be compensated for the cost of educating the children.

The packaging issue was discovered in 2011, which resulted in the FDA issuing a recall notice. Lead attorney on the case, Keith Bodah, is representing 117 women from 26 states. Of the 117 women, 113 became pregnant, and 94 of them carried their babies to term.

According to the suit, the pills were packaged in the incorrect order, “rotated 180 degrees … reversing the weekly tablet orientation.” This resulted in women taking the placebo sugar pills meant to be taken during the week of menstruation at the wrong time in their cycles, ABC News reports.

Bodah told the Atlantic that one client, who was in the military, gave her child up for adoption because she was about to be deployed. At least two teens became pregnant as a result of the misstep, the lawsuit claims.

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