Birth Control Pills Recalled

HOUSTON - Another big birth control recall could leave women unprotected, doctors said.

This time it's another packaging error, which basically reverses the order of the effective pills with the placebo.

Glenmark Generics has recalled seven lots of norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets after a customer discovered the error.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said the blister packs "were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date visible only on the outer pouch. Any blister for which the lot number and expiry date is not visible is subject to recall."

"If women are currently taking the recalled pill, they should call their physician immediately," Dr. Jaggi Khairah, an OBGYN at Kelsey Seybold Fort Bend Clinic, said. "They should also probably stop taking the pills and return them to their pharmacist. They should also use another form of barrier contraceptive or abstinence at this time."

Just last month, Pfizer recalled 28 lots of generic birth control pills because some packs contained an inexact count of placebo or active ingredient tablets. Those packs also had tablets out of sequence.

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