On Sept. 16 a pharmaceutical company issued a recall on birth control pills. The recall was due to an error in the packaging where the blister packs had been rotated 180 degrees. This resulted in the seven pills that do not have the hormones in them to be placed towards the beginning of the packaging. The unaware women on the contraceptive were at risk for unintended pregnancies. There are no other health issues with the recall.
The recall included 1.4 million packages that had been distributed since last year. A pharmacist had noticed the packaging error and contacted the company. The pills recalled include Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem. An accident like this could have dire consequences for the pharmaceutical company.
The Pill is the most common form of hormonal birth control. The pills contain hormones that prevent the egg from attaching itself to the uterine wall after it has passed through the fallopian tubes. It is taken every day at the same time. The seven “empty” pills are to help stay consistent and to keep track of where the woman is on the cycle. When an accident like the faulty packaging happens or a woman is not consistent with her birth control she should use a barrier method, such as condoms, to prevent an unintended pregnancy.
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