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Hello Baby – Pfizer Birth Control Pills Recalled

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One million packets of Pfizer birth control pills are now subject to a recall after a packaging error surfaced. The error could reduce the effectiveness of the birth control pills for those who used them and cause unintended pregnancies.

If you are currently on birth control pills, please check below from the FDA to see if your birth control pills are subject to the recall:

NDC

Product

Lot

Expiration

Configuration/Count

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15678

08/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15679

08/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15686

08/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15687

01/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15690

01/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15698

01/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E15700

02/28/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E80434

07/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

E80438

08/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

F36908

02/28/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

F36909

02/28/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

F43915

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

F43926

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-801-84

LO/OVRAL® 28

F43927

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

E15677

08/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

E15704

01/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

E15706

01/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

E80440

08/31/2013

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F16388

01/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F16390

02/28/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F22132

02/28/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F31330

02/28/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F36911

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F36913

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F43924

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F43925

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F43934

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

24090-961-84

Norgestrel 0.3 mg/Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg

F53238

03/31/2014

6 Pilpacks® of 28 tablets each

Half of the packets were from 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and the other half were 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. These recalled birth control pills were packaged in blister packs containing 21 active tablets and seven inactive tablets. They were manufactured by Pfizer and then sold under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand. The recalled birth control pills were distributed to retail pharmacies, warehouses, and clinics around the United States.

This recall raises serious problems. According to MSN News, this huge error can mean that the daily regimen for the birth control pills could be incorrect resulting in women without adequate contraception and further the risk for unintended pregnancy.

Dr. Jill Rabin, the chief of ambulatory care, obstetrics and gynecology and head of urogynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., said, “Sequence and content of active versus inactive pills is crucial in determining efficacy, including whether or not unwanted pregnancy will be actually prevented.” The doctor recommends that women must determine if they have the recalled birth control pills and then ensure they are not pregnant if signs or symptoms of pregnancy are showing. Women who have taken these recalled birth control pills should also contact their health care provider immediately and switch to a non-hormonal form of contraception. They also need to return the defective product to the pharmacy.

Pfizer said that the cause of the error was identified and then corrected immediately.

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    Birth control is usually a safe way for women to plan their families. But now with the Pfizer birth control packaging mix up and Bayer HealthCare’s dangerous contraceptive pills (Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella) women have much more to worry about.