MONDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A second company has issued a voluntary recall of birth control pills because of a packaging error that could lead to incorrect dosing and expose women to unintended pregnancies.
Glenmark Generics Inc. said the seven lots of birth control pill packets, sold as Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol, do not pose any immediate health risks, but that women using these oral contraceptives should immediately switch to another form of birth control. The company added that it has informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the recall.
"The safety of patients who take our medicines is our first priority. The cause was identified and corrected immediately," the company said in a statement. "At this time, there remains sufficient supply of unaffected lots of material in the marketplace to support demand."
Glenmark did not specify how many pills were affected by the recall. The lot numbers on the packets are: 04110101, 04110106, 04110107, 04110114, 04110124, 04110129 and 04110134.
Doctors offered this advice to women who may be affected by the recall.
"With birth control pills, if the exact count or sequence is out of order the efficacy of the birth control pill could be significantly decreased. If this is the case, patients may be experiencing irregular bleeding and may be at higher risk for unintended pregnancy," said Dr. Adam Jacobs, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
"This packaging error does not pose any other immediate health risks. If a patient has this lot number they should stop taking the pills immediately and discuss other birth control options with their physician, including emergency contraception, if necessary," Jacobs added.
"Sequence and content of active vs. inactive pills is crucial in determining efficacy, including whether or not unwanted pregnancy will be actual
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