Whoa. Pharmaceutical giant Pfzer is recalling one million packs of birth control pills because they’re filled with an inaccurate number of placebos. Anyone who’s taken birth control pills knows that the last week’s worth of pills—the ones you take when you’re on your period—are merely sugar or placebo pills. Seems a ‘packaging error’ has resulted in these fake pills filling spots where active contraceptive pills should be.
“An investigation by Pfizer found that some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence,” the drugmaker said in a press release.
It notes that the ‘packaging defects’ don’t pose any immediate health risks to users, but could put women ‘at risk for unintended pregnancy’ (ya think?). Consumers with affected birth control packets should start using backup contraception pronto, and return the defective pill packet to their pharmacy.
The affected pills— manufactured by Pfizer but sold and labeled under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals name—are sold under the brand name Lo/Ovral or as generic norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets in the United States. Any ‘adverse events’ related to these pills should be reported to Akrimax Medical Information at 1-877-509-3935 or to the FDA’s Med Watch Program, Pfizer says.