Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills that Could Cause Unwanted Pregnancy

Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills that Could Cause Unwanted PregnancyPfizer recently announced that a manufacturing mix-up may put women at risk for unwanted pregnancies, as the world's largest drugmaker says some packets are being distributed with the pills not in their proper order, The Associated Press reports.

According to the media outlet, the drug manufacturing giant recalled about 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent. Each packet holds 28 days' worth of pills, 21 of which contain the active ingredient for pregnancy prevention with seven additional placebo pills. Typically, the pills are color-coded to emphasize the difference.

Doctors say women must take the pills sequentially, and cannot mix the placebos in with the active pills. Taking three or more placebos in a row could result in a lack of pregnancy protection.

"Women who are potentially on this particular product need to be aware of [the recall] and take this quite seriously," said Dr. Steven R. Goldstein, a New York University professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

According to Fox News, Pfizer cautioned women to use alternate methods of birth control if they were taking the recalled product, as they may be at a greater risk for becoming pregnant, and to notify their physician immediately.

Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of Fox News, said this was the largest birth control recall in recent years.

"The efficacy of birth control pills is supposed to be 99.8 percent in preventing pregnancy, especially when women take it as directed. It seems to me that as people rely more on pharmaceutical companies to keep good quality control, we just keep going backwards," he stated.

Now, litigation attorneys are stating lawsuits may arise similar to those that occur after a vasectomy doesn't take, and men's wives and girlfriends end up pregnant.