Sunday, 18 September 2011

Birth Control Pills

(CNN) -- An Alabama pharmaceutical company issued a voluntary nationwide recall Friday for "multiple lots" of birth control pills due to what it described as a systemic "packaging error."

A spokesman for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals said that "there are no immediate health issues currently" because of the packaging problems. Rather, he said, the chief concern is that women may unintentionally become pregnant after taking the oral contraceptive.

"The unintended consequence of pregnancy is really the issue," spokesman Kevin Wiggins said. "That's why the company took a drastic action."

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.

Qualitest urged those with such products to begin using a "non-hormonal" form of birth control and consult a health care provider or pharmacist. Pharmacies have been told to contact those who have gotten the faultily packaged pills.

The recall affects these products: Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.

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.

Wiggins said Qualitest is working with authorities "at a very high level," as well as with the product's manufacturers, to determine what happened.

"We're dedicated to ensuring the safe use of our products, (and) this recall reaffirms our high standards," he said. "It's an error, nonetheless, and we put patients at the center of what we do."

Hmm...maybe I WON'T get my IUD removed and start on a pill. I've had an IUD for a year because I have always refused to take hormones, but I admit the Paragard IUD causes excessive bleeding during menstrual cycles, so I have thought of just finally taking birth control pills instead. But...perhaps t...

Hmm...maybe I WON'T get my IUD removed and start on a pill. I've had an IUD for a year because I have always refused to take hormones, but I admit the Paragard IUD causes excessive bleeding during menstrual cycles, so I have thought of just finally taking birth control pills instead. But...perhaps the 2 days of heavy bleeding isn't worth trading and having to worry about a pill every day that may be packaged incorrectly. Perhaps this has happened more often and that's why so many women seem to get pregnant on the pill!

raininblack They probably could have gotten away with not saying anything at all without any ramifications. I applaud them for being honest.

rhodesma "Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary nationwide recall".. voluntary? who would read about this and continue to take them?

what's really messed up about this is that some women don't take the pill to stop conception; they take it to treat hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian disease and to regulate their periods. so now not only could some women end up with an unwanted pregnancy, some women are at risk to possibly he...

what's really messed up about this is that some women don't take the pill to stop conception; they take it to treat hormonal issues like polycystic ovarian disease and to regulate their periods. so now not only could some women end up with an unwanted pregnancy, some women are at risk to possibly hemmorhage due to the fact that their hormones have been screwed up due to taking the wrong pill. Good job Qualitest!

they don't get you pregnant... they're not implanted with sperm you moron. The pills were reversed... if you read the article you would know that. Therefore they were not as effective because different doses were made for certain periods of time and when the woman takes the pills in the wrong order ...

they don't get you pregnant... they're not implanted with sperm you moron. The pills were reversed... if you read the article you would know that.

I'm just a guy, but something seems fishy. So the card is rotated 180 degrees out of wack. If my mind serves me on this, Women have a 28 day cycle, which they take a pill for each of those days, then for 7 days they take a fake pill so they don't forget routine. A 180 rotation puts the fakes at the ...

I'm just a guy, but something seems fishy. So the card is rotated 180 degrees out of wack. If my mind serves me on this, Women have a 28 day cycle, which they take a pill for each of those days, then for 7 days they take a fake pill so they don't forget routine. A 180 rotation puts the fakes at the top, let's say and not the bottom. So a women could be 14 days on the fake stuff, right. If you used the proper packaged backed up to the improper packaged. Even at that.....

Ruka5 Yeah, so let's ridicule Michelle Bachmann media moguls. She is right on the fact that the drug companies shy away and deny what their drugs do to innocent people. They could give a good $%*# about the innocent lives they destroy. I'ts all about the mighty dollar and to hell with people's lives.

RejctReligin Except that this is a real problem and Michelle Bachmann is fabricating a problem with vaccines to launch a political attack...

I am personally affected by this situation and I am not a teenager I am a mature woman who got married three years ago, and I do not want to have kids due to manufacturing issues. Called the phone number and said that the operators are busy and thank you for continuing to hold...thank you CNN for th...

I am personally affected by this situation and I am not a teenager I am a mature woman who got married three years ago, and I do not want to have kids due to manufacturing issues. Called the phone number and said that the operators are busy and thank you for continuing to hold...thank you CNN for the news and updates... My pharmacy did not call to create awareness...

SalSe I don't think that my intimate life is a big deal right now. Although just to answer the question. I am doing what I think it's more convenient. I am calling the company, trying to reach my doctor and creating awareness.

This is one example where the FDA goes too far in trying to be ultra safe. Drugs are pulled from the pharmacy shelves quite often and the majority of those cases involve errors or omissions in the prescribing literature. With advances in electronic distribution of information the package insert coul...

This is one example where the FDA goes too far in trying to be ultra safe. Drugs are pulled from the pharmacy shelves quite often and the majority of those cases involve errors or omissions in the prescribing literature. With advances in electronic distribution of information the package insert could be eliminated and a digital format could be instituted via the new prescribing methods. Most Docs now use eScribe technology and information on the drug prescribed is readily available on the iPad or other device used to dispense the drug. The package insert is outdated and adds unnecessary costs and recalls to an already burdened FDA regulatory system.

And for all those millions of Americans who do not have an iPad or even Internet access? Do we have nation-wide free Internet? No. You have to pay some private corporation to get Internet access. So now you're proposing that millions of people no longer have the option of deciding to save money ...

And for all those millions of Americans who do not have an iPad or even Internet access? Do we have nation-wide free Internet? No. You have to pay some private corporation to get Internet access. So now you're proposing that millions of people no longer have the option of deciding to save money by NOT buying an iPad or paying monthly for Internet service.

PrairieGhost Um, this is an error that will cause the drug in question to completely not work. It's not an error in the "prescribing literature". Some forms of the bc pill will not work if they are not taken in the correct order, so it's a very big deal if the pills are packaged incorrectly.

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