(NEW YORK) — Pfizer announced on Tuesday it is voluntarily recalling 28 lots of birth control pills over a packaging error that may, “leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.”
The drugmaker said an investigation found that some of its packs contained the wrong number of active or inert tablets, causing them to be out of sequence. A typical package contains 21 active pills and seven inert, or sugar, pills.
The recall affects 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. The birth control pills were distributed to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies across the U.S.
While the, “packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks,” Pfizer said, “consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”
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