However, patients who are affected by this should do several important things, Rabin added. Make sure you are not pregnant; immediately begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception if not pregnant; notify your physician/health care provider; and return the product to your pharmacy.
The pills involved in the latest recall were sent to wholesalers and retail pharmacies nationwide between Sept. 21, 2011 and Dec. 30, 2011. Glenmark said it discovered the packaging problem after a customer complained that one of her blister packs had the pills packaged in reverse order.
Earlier this month, Pfizer Inc. recalled 1 million packets of birth control pills for similar reasons. At the time, the company said it had discovered that some blister packs of Lo/Ovral and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol had packaging that could contain either too many or too few active pills and that the pills may be out of sequence. The expiration dates on those recalled packets range between July 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
Here's where you can find more details on the Glenmark recall.
-- HealthDay staff
SOURCES: Adam Jacobs, M.D., assistant professor, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Jill Rabin, M.D., chief, ambulatory care, obstetrics and gynecology, head, urogynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; U.S. Food and Drug Administration, new
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