I’m both encouraged and discouraged by this recall. Machines and the people who run them make errors and it’s good to see quality control efforts and that those errors are discovered by the manufacturer. However, if the pill packets have been released into the market – as much as 5 months ago – it appears that the controls weren’t strict enough.
From the Pfizer news release, available here, it appears that some of the pills were manufactured beginning at least last August, assuming that the expiration date is for 2 years after manufacturing.
There are only 26 lots – 13 of the brand name “Lo-Ovral” and 13 of the generic equivalent – that are involved. Lot numbers are given in the link, above.
More from the media coverage at Fox News:
Pfizer said the birth control pills posed no health threat to women but urged consumers affected by the recall to “begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”
The recall involved 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, which Reuters reported involved about one million packets of birth control pills.
Pfizer said an investigation found some blister packs of the oral contraceptive might contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredients in the 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,” the company said in a statement on its website.