Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, an Alabama pharmaceutical company, has announced a voluntary nationwide recall of 1.4 million packages of birth control pills, saying that a packaging error may lead to women inadvertently mis-taking the pills, which can lead to unintended pregnancy.
According to a statement for the Huntsville-based company, "select blisters (found inside the pill box) were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation." This helped to leave the pills' lot number, as well as the expiration date, "no longer visible."
"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 unwanted pregnancy," the company said.
The names of the affected pills are Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem. Qualitest urges women who have those pills to use "non-hormonal" birth control methods such as condoms until they can consult with their doctors to be sure their pills are correctly dosed.
Customers can call 1-877-300-6153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT to get their questions answered, arrange to return their pills, or report problems. Information is also available at http://www.qualitestrx.com/pdf/OCRecall.pdf.