Women who take daily birth control pills need to take a look at the packaging. A number of birth control pills have been recalled because they be in the wrong order or may have an empty blister pocket, according to new reports.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled four lots of birth control containing Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets as they may have been arranged incorrectly.
The recalled lots have the following numbers: 7DY008A, 7DY009A, 7DY010A and 7DY011A. The outer carton displays NDC# 60505-4183-3 and contains three inner cartons (NDC# 60505-4183-1). The expiration date is listed as August of 2020.
The recall has been issued because the pills can be less effective if a woman takes a placebo instead of an active tablet.
The FDA issued the following statement, “As a result of this packaging error, where a patient does not take a tablet due to a missing tablet or that patient takes a placebo instead of an active tablet, loss of efficacy is possible due to variation in the dosage consumed.”
As of press time, no cases of a reported pregnancy or adverse event to the recalled pills have been reported. With that said, the FDA is urging anyone with the birth control pills to contact their local pharmacy for more instructions. Those who are currently on birth control should not interrupt their cycles or non-hormonal method of birth control.
Previous studies have found that the birth control pill is the most effective form to prevent a pregnancy. Women who take the pill correctly, by mouth, it is about 99.9 percent effective. About 60 percent of women that are of reproductive age are currently using some form of contraception. However, the most common method is the birth control pill, with about 28 percent (or 10.6 million women) on the pill.
Depending on what kind of pill a woman takes, she is protected from getting pregnant about 7 to 10 days that she begins taking it. It’s been noted that many hormone-based contraceptives such as the birth control pill have a greater risk of blood clots.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, definitely ask your doctor or consult with a trusted health professional. For more information about the recall, call 800-706-5575.