BEACON TRANSCRIPT – If you use oral contraceptives, check the packaging twice before taking them, as you might have bought some ineffective pills which could lead to pregnancy. The company Lupin Pharmaceuticals is recalling the birth control pills Mibelas 24 Fe. An error occurred while the tablets were put into packages, so users are at risk of ending up with an unintended pregnancy.
Birth control pills replaced with placebo due to packaging error
FDA took notice of the issue and warned users to be careful. They reported that the first four pills in the package were not birth control tablets, but placebo pills which have no hormonal effect whatsoever. Therefore, taking one of these pills left could leave women unprotected.
“Oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy.”
The company is recalling the birth control pills
The recalled lot contained Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol 1 mg/0.02 mg chewable and ferrous fumarate 75 mg, with the lot number L600518 and the expiration date of May 31st, 2018. However, besides the error which occurred during packaging, the lot number and the expiration date were no longer visible, so you might identify one of the recalled packages by this feature.
These birth control pills were available all over the US in retail pharmacies, as well as other wholesalers or clinics. FDA said that most users probably wouldn’t have noticed the reversed order of the pills, which put them at a higher risk of taking the non-hormonal pills.
Therefore, they are informed to visit their physician, and return the pills to the pharmacy or store they bought it from. If you had taken one of the pills, it is mandatory to go have a checkup and see if they had an unwanted effect.
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