Yikes! As if the 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 birth control pills from Pfizer weren’t enough a few weeks ago! Here we go again…
Glenmark Generics Inc. USA announced today that they are recalling seven (7) lots of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP birth control pills nationwide because of a packaging error that left some packets with the pills in the wrong order. While birth control pills are almost 100% effective (like 99%) when taken IN THE RIGHT ORDER, having a woman take them in the wrong order doesn’t cause any health risks but may cause an unintended pregnancy.
Glenmark is not saying how many pills/packages are being recalled – but they were distributed between Sept. 21 and December 30, 2011.
Drugmaker Glenmark Generics said Friday it is recalling seven lots of birth control pills because in some packages, the pills were in the wrong order.
Glenmark’s pills were intended to be taken in this order: seven off-white tablets, seven light blue tablets and seven blue tablets, followed by a week of green placebo pills.
Consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately. Patients who have the affected product (lot numbers are provided below) should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy.
Lot numbers of affected packs of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets USP, 0.18 mg/0.035 mg, 0.215 mg/0.035 mg, 0.25 mg/0.035 mg (Generic), are as follows:
For additional questions consumers can contact Glenmark at (888)721-7115 (8 AM to 5 PM Mon-Fri EST).