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Birth control pill recall:about 1 million affected


POSTED: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 6:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 11:52pm

Pfizer announces today it is pulling a popular birth control pill from store shelves.

The major drug company says it's because of a packaging error, and now some one million women could be at risk for unplanned pregnancy.

Pfizer is recalling 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 and 14 lots of it's generic version, Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol.

The error is said to be in packaging. 

"The machine that puts these together somehow, (and they're different colors), they got it mixed up, it got some of the inert in the front of the cycle," said John Stephenson of Stephenson Pharmacy in Tyler. "So when a lady thought she was being protected taking a hormone drug, she was only taking sugar pills."

Stephenson says unfortunately, it's one of those things that's happened many times before.

"When you're mass producing something, it's an inevitability," he said.

But some say this kind of mistake is just too big of one to make.

"It's not going to be them that pays, it's going to be you that pays," said East Texan Carol Posey. "If I got pregnant, I would most definitely sue."

Stephenson Pharmacy in Tyler has a generic version on the pills that are being recalled,  but it's not under the specific lot numbers that are being recalled.

Stephenson says when a recall is announced, they check all of their inventory right away.

Pfizer warns affected users to use a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.

For the official press release from Pfizer with a complete list of the batches of affected pills, click here.

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I am a guy so I am limited on my knowledge I know how pills work and the requirements to take them on a regular basis so am I to guess that in order for people to remember they take pills every day and since they do not need an active pill each day some are sugar or fake. I do not put rat poison next to the cooking spices keep the stuff separate and put the right stuff in first where it belongs and then there would be no way for the inert to be in the wrong place.

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