February 2, 2012
The Drug manufacturing giant, Pfizer, Inc., announced a recall of nearly one million packets of birth control pills Tuesday due to a manufacturing mix-up that could put women at an increased risk of unwanted pregnancy. Reports form WRAL News say that 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and another 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets had placebo tablets placed in the wrong order the tablets are to be taken in.
The mix-up was discovered last year when a customer called after noticing the pills were in the wrong order. The company fixed the problem immediately. Then, in December, Pfizer contacted pharmacies asking them to pull the specific recalled lots from the shelves. The recall was announced publicly on Tuesday only after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a request that Pfizer do so. Women who have been using affected pills are advised to begin use other forms of contraception immediately.
Experts say that the manufacturing mix-up could put the drug-maker at risk of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. An article by FOX News says the lawsuit could stand on the same grounds as several lawsuits in the past that have been won after a man’s vasectomy did not take and his partner became pregnant.
The North Carolina drug injury lawyers with HensonFuerst are here to answer any questions you may have if you have been affected by a mistake or side effect of a medication prescribed to you by a doctor.