The pharmaceutical company Pfizer has recalled one million packages of birth control pills due to errors in packaging. Some of the packages have too many active tablets while other packages have too few active tablets. Although the recalled pills are not a safety risk, they may not prevent pregnancy. Pfizer is advising women who have used the pill to also use a “non-hormonal” form of contraception. According to the statement released from Pfizer, “…the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy.
The recall includes 14 lots of Lol Ovral-28, and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradol. Full text of the Pfizer Press Release announcing the voluntary recall is available on the Pfizer website.