Birth control recall | Birth control recall raises risk of unplanned pregnancy

Birth control recall - Failing to prevent pregnancy is a pretty big failure for a birth control pill. Pfizer is trying to avoid that outcome by recalling 1 million packets of potentially defective pills. What's the problem? Every packet contains 3 week's worth of birth control pills and a week's worth of sugar pills—basically to keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day even during your period week.

Some of the defective packs don't contain enough sugar pills. In others, however, the actual birth control pills have been swapped for extra sugar pills. The recall includes Pfizer Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.

Birth control recall. Pfizer manufactures and packages the birth control pill, but it is sold by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Natasha Johnson, a gynecologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, said most women these days take generic forms of birth control pills.

Birth control recall. The Pfizer recall comes on the heels of increased attention surrounding birth control and possible health risks.

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