If you're taking birth control pills to prevent a pregnancy, then you know how risky it can be to miss a day. Not only could you become pregnant, but you might also have breakthrough bleeding. Now imagine you took the pills in the wrong order and didn't have backup protection. That nightmare scenario is one that a birth control manufacturer is currently facing, so if you're on the pill, you might want to check the packaging. (Honestly, this makes us want to double check EVERY blister pack, regardless of the brand, from now on.)
Lupin Pharmaceuticals announced that it is recalling birth
control pills sold as Mibelas 24 Fe
because of a serious packaging error that placed four placebos pills in
the first four days of the blister packet instead of the active-ingredient pills
that should be in those spots.
“Oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out
of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended
pregnancy,” reads the announcement on the FDA website.
The affected packages were distributed nationwide to
wholesalers, clinics and retail pharmacies. The
packaging error happened because the “the blister was rotated 180 degrees within the
wallet, reversing the weekly tablet orientation,” Lupin explains.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the packaging error makes it
so that the lot number and expiration date are no longer visible. That means
that even though the recalled product (Norethindrone Acetate and
Ethinyl Estradiol 1 mg/0.02 mg chewable and ferrous fumarate 75 mg) is supposed to be identified with lot number L600518 and an expiration date of May 2018, consumers will not be able to see that information.
“These products are packaged in blister packs
containing 28 tablets: 24 white to off-white tablets of active ingredients
debossed with ‘LU’ on one side and ‘N81’ on the other; and 4 tablets of inert
ingredients debossed with ‘LU’ on one side and ‘M22’ on the other side,” according to the recall
Lupin is sending out a recall letter to
distributors and customers and is coordinating the return of the recalled
you have any questions regarding this
recall please contact Lupin at 1-800-399-2561 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT, Monday