Birth control recalls issue was announced in many media by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, an Alabama pharmaceutical company. They are issued the recall on Friday to “multiple lots” of birth control pills due to ‘packaging error’.
The Birth control recalls affects eight kinds of birth-control pills, including a variety of generic brands such as Emoquette, Cyclafem, Orsythia, Gildess, Tri-Previfem and Previfem. It estimated around 1.4 million packs of pills that started getting shipped out last year.
The company explained the error caused the weekly tablet orientation to be reversed and obscured the pills’ lot numbers and expiration dates on certain packages. None of the recalled pills has expired.
“The unintended consequence of pregnancy is really the issue,” Qualitest spokesman Kevin Wiggins said. “That’s why the company took a drastic action.” He added.
Base on a statement for the Huntsville-based company, “select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation.” This helped to leave the pills’ lot number, as well as the expiration date, “no longer visible.”
“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 unwanted pregnancy, that’s why we do the birth control recalls on the market” the company said.
“A pharmacist noticed the issue and contacted the company by phone”, Wiggins explained.
Qualitest urged those with such products to begin using a “non-hormonal” form of birth control and consult a health care provider or pharmacist. Pharmacies have been told to contact those who have gotten the faultily packaged pills.