Birth Control Recall: Packaging Error Could Cause Unintended Pregnancy

Mibelas 24 Fe birth control pills are being recalled due to a packaging error that could lead women to take placebo instead of active pills.
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For a busy mom with a bunch of kids still in diapers running around the house, there are probably no scarier words than "birth control recall." But thanks to a packaging mix-up, Lupin Pharmaceuticals is recalling Mibelas 24 Fe birth control packets because they could result in women taking placebo pills on days when they should be taking active tablets.

How would this happen? Unfortunately, as one super-observant user of the pills noticed, the plastic covering of the blister pack was rotated 180 degrees, effectively reversing the weekly tablet order. Which means users could accidentally take placebos—usually placed at the end of the pill cycle—during the first four days of the month instead of actual birth control bills.

"As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy," the recall noticed stated.

If you're a Mibelas user and not in the market for a March '18 baby, here's what you need to look for: The recalled products are packaged in blister packs containing 28 tablets total. Twent-four of those tablets are white or off-white and marked with "LU" on one side and "N81" on the other, and the four placebos are marked with "LU" on one side and "M22" on the other.

Your sex life may take a temporary hit, but if you find one of these packs you'll want to stop using it ASAP, let your doctor know, and return it to your pharmacy or other place of purchase. And if you still have questions, contact Lupin at 1-800-399-2561 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT, Monday through Friday.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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