Women are at risk of unwanted pregnancies after a packaging error on Qualitest Pharmaceuticals contraceptives; the error prompted the company to announce a recall this week of several of its medications.
Eight different types of contraceptive pills, commonly known as “the pill,” are included in the recall. Women taking the pill face no immediate health risks, says the FDA, but do stand a chance of getting pregnant if the pill is their only form of contraception.
A spokesperson for Qualitest told CNNthat the recall concerns 1.4 million packages distributed to retailers and pharmacists since last year.
The statement released by the FDA said the weekly tablet orientation was reversed due to the packaging error, which adjusts the daily regimen.
The error also hides the expiration date and lot codes of the contraceptive. The FDA says consumers taking pills from affected batches should begin using a non-hormonal form of birth control (like condoms or diaphragms) immediately and consult their health care provideror pharmacist.The recall affects these products:
- Cyclafem 7/7/7
- Cyclafem 1/35
- Gildess FE 1.5/30
- Gildess FE 1/20
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.