Birth control pill packaging mistake could result in pregnancy


What a jagged little pill.


The Federal Drug Administration has announced a recall on a brand of birth control pills that the manufacturer placed in their packages in the wrong order and can result in an unwanted pregnancy.


The brand, Mibelas 24 Fe, accidently reversed the sequence of its powerful hormone and placebo pills.


The company that produces them, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, is voluntarily recalling the drug.


The packaging for the chewable contraceptive includes 24 active hormone pills of estradiol — a form of estrogen key in preventing ovulation —and four placebos to be taken at the end of the user’s birth control cycle.


And even though the active pills are differently colors from the placebos — white for the hormones and brown for the others — the FDA says users run the risk of becoming confused without the proper labeling.


The pills were distributed nationwide.


Drugs impacted by the recall can be identified two different ways: they either have the lot number “L600518” and an expiration date of May 2018 or a fuzzy or blank listing for both.


This latest contraceptive kerfuffle comes less than a year after a separate birth control pill recall. In 2016, 1.3 million Gildess Fe birth control pills were pulled back by the pharmaceutical giant Pantheon for not having enough estradiol in each dose.

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