Think you’re practicing safe birth control by taking your birth control pills every morning? You may not be. Sandoz, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical company Novartis, is recalling a bunch of their birth control pills, because, oops, they placed the placebo pills in the wrong slots. Meaning, you might want to head to the drug store for a pregnancy test kit.
Apparently, a three-month pack of its generic Introvale pills contains 84 peach-colored active tablets and 7 white placebo tablets. But 10 lots of these pills have incorrectly placed placebo pills. The placebo tablets are supposed to be placed in the 13th week, but they were placed in the 9th week slot instead.
Of course, in an FDA statement, Sandoz doesn’t think this is a big deal, assuming you’re not color blind:
While the white placebo tablets can be clearly distinguished from the peach-colored active tablets, the risk of an unintended pregnancy for a patient taking the wrong tablet over several days cannot be excluded.
The lot numbers in question were distributed in the U.S. between January 2011 and May 2012. Their numbers are: LF00478C, LF00479C, LF00551C, LF00552C, LF00687C, LF00688C, LF00763C, LF00764C, LF00765C and LF01261C.
If you are one of the unfortunate ones to discover placebos are placed in the wrong week, obviously discontinue using these pills and call or email the Sandoz Drug Information Direct Line at 800-525-2492 or firstname.lastname@example.org to report the error.
Oh, and get a pregnancy test.