Pfizer announced today a voluntary recall of 1 million packs of oral contraceptives due to a mix-up that affects the hormone levels in the birth control pills.
Fourteen lots each of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets have been recalled for having too many active tablets.
“As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy,” the news release from Pfizer reads.
“These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks. However, consumers exposed to affected packaging should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately.”
Patients with affected lots should contact their doctors and return the pills to the pharmacy. Pfizer says the problem has been corrected.