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Pfizer Birth Control Recall Leaving Women With Inadequate Hormonal Doses

February 1, 2012

Approximately 1 million packets of Pfizer birth control packets were recalled resulting in an error in hormonal dosing. Reportedly, some packets were manufactured with too many active tablets, leaving others with too few, leading to a higher risk of unintended pregnancies. The error effects Lo/Ovral-28 tablets, generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.

As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy. These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks. However, consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.

Aside from the unplanned pregnancies that may ensure following the error, the greatest danger relates to a global reduction in consumer confidence as it relates to the efficacy of these popular, and safe contraceptives. Check out the full Pfizer press release for more info.

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