The Massive Birth Control Recall And How It Affects You


Qualitest Pharmaceuticals may want to consider changing its name.

The Alabama-based maker of generic drugs is currently recalling a variety of birth control pills because of a teeny, tiny little mistake related to the factory putting the pills “in the wrong places inside plastic packages.”

That mix-up means women could be getting the wrong pills during the month, leaving them “without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy,” according to the company’s notice about the recall.
The affected pills are:
• Cyclafem 7/7/7
• Cyclafem 1/35
• Emoquette
• Gildess FE 1.5/30
• Gildess FE 1/20
• Orsythia
• Previfem
• Tri-Previfem

The drugmaker has issued a statement saying, “The source of the error is currently under investigation and the company is committed to rectifying the issue in a timely manner.”

I’m not sure how the drug company is going to be able to “rectify” countless unintended pregnancies but until that miracle day arrives, you can find the full list of the specific lots that are being recalled here.

Packaging Mix-Up For Birth Control Pills Prompts Recall [NPR]

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