If you take birth control pills, listen up. Glenmark Generics is issuing a nationwide recall of seven lots of birth control pills. The pills are labeled “norgestimate and ethiny estradiol tablets.”
The recall is due to a packaging error, some of the pills were placed in the wrong order within the packs. The pills were rotated 180 degrees within the pack, so the tablet order is reversed.
The mistake makes it so the lot number and expiration date cannot be seen. If you cannot see the date or lot number, your pills are recalled.
Because of this error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect, leaving women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.
If you have the ineffective pills, take a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately, the FDA said.
Lot numbers of affected packs are as follows: 04110101, 04110106, 04110107, 04110114, 04110124, 04110129 and 04110134. The packs were distributed nationwide between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30, 2011. The complete name of the product is 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).
Just last month there was another birth control pill recall due to packaging errors.
Last month, Pfizer recalled 28 lots of generic birth control pills labeled Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, when the company found some packs contained an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets, and tablets out of sequence.
For more information from the FDA, click here.