Defective Contraceptive Pills Called Back


Birth control or contraceptive pills  are a set of pills, which are taken by a women in a sequential way for birth control, a combination of an estrogen and a progestin. When taken by mouth every day, these pills inhibit female fertility. Contraceptive pills prevent ovulation by suppressing the release of gonadotropins and by inhibiting follicular development. Qualitest Pharmaceuticals recalled birth control pills due to packaging error.

Availability and use

Most brands of pills are packaged in one of two different packet sizes, with days marked off for a 28 day cycle. These  pills should be taken at the same time each day. If one or more tablets are forgotten for more than 12 hours, contraceptive protection will be reduced.

Recalling the lots

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, a division of Endo Pharmaceuticals,  found a packaging error in some packs, in which the birth control pills were rotated 180 degrees within the card, which reversed the weekly tablet distribution. They are recalling these lots as this could cause women to take pills in the incorrect order, which may leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy.

The company is currently investigating...

the source of the packaging error.

Recalled Products

The recall affects two Clyclafem products and two Glidess products, as well as Emoquette, Orsythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem oral contraceptives. A complete list of products and affected lot numbers are posted at the Endo Pharmaceuticals web site.

It was clarified by the company that the women affected by the recall should use a non-hormonal form of birth control immediately and consult their health care provider or pharmacist.

Pharmacies that sold the lots of such birth control pills are also being instructed to contact their customers who received the affected products.


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