Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Pfizer Recalls 28 Lots of Birth Control Pills

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pfizer has recalled 28 lots of birth control pills, principally Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. The recall was caused by problems with "ingredients and sequence of the medication."

Apparently, the tablets were manufactured and packaged by Pfizer Inc., and marketed by Akrimax Rx Products and labeled under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand. Pfizer says the problems were caused by packaging errors that resulted in disruption of the daily regimen of contraceptives. The disruption "could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy." Pfizer claims the packaging defects "do not pose any immediate health risks," but, warn "consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately," notify their physician, and return the product to the pharmacy.