Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills Dosage Mix-Up

Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills Dosage Mix-Up

February 1st, 2012 // 1:17 pm @

Call it the Pfizer generation. The drugmaker is recalling 1 million packets of birth control pills after discovering a packaging error in which women may have inadequate dosages, which would put them at risk for unintended pregnancies.

In a statement, Pfizer explains that an investigaion found that some blister packs may contain an inexact count of active ingredient tablets and, as a result, the tablets may be out of sequence. The pills use a series of 21 tablets and seven sugar tablets to regulate menstruation. The problem was reportedly caused by mechanical and visual inspection failures on packaging lines.

The drugmakers maintains the mix-up does not pose any safety risk, but says that women who took any of its pills – Lo/Ovral-28 as well as the and Ethinyl Estradiol generics – should begin using non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.

The tablets were made and packaged by Pfizer, but sold by Akrimax Rx Products and labeled under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand. They were distributed to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies throughout the US, and have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014


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