Um, You May Want to Check Your Birth Control. There’s Been a Birth Control Recall!
Well, this is awkward.
In what must have been a pretty painful move, the FDA has issued a nationwide birth control recall for a certain brand produced by Lupin Pharmaceuticals. Now, there wasn't anything wrong with the actual birth control pills themselves. But the way they were labeled and ordered in the package was apparently confusing and could lead women to take four non-hormonal placebo pills when she thought she was actually taking the real deal. And as anyone who has ever taken hormonal birth control knows, even missing one day of your birth control sequence can cause a fluctuation in your hormone levels, which could lead to ovulation and place you at a risk for an unintended pregnancy.
The birth control recall was for a brand called Mibelas 24 Fe. More specifically, the Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol 1 mg/0.02 mg chewable and ferrous fumarate 75 mg. They are chewable tablets with the lot number L600518 and an expiration date of May 2018.
According to the FDA, the error occurred in the packaging, which caused the blister to be rotated 180 degrees, meaning that the weekly “schedule” of the pills was reversed. Many times, women take a week of placebo pills that don't contain hormones, just so they stay in the habit of continuing to take their pills every day. The placebo pills don't have any hormones, so they don't do anything to prevent pregnancy, but mimic a period for the woman's body. In this case, however, the packaging error meant the women were taking the placebo pills first, so they were taking them too early.
The birth control recall is immediate, as of May 25, 2017. If you have taken pills from the recalled lot, Lupin Pharmaceuticals is recommending that you let your doctor know so he/she can advise you on the next steps, especially if you have any “adverse effects” as a result of the botched medication. So far, no adverse effects have been reported, says the FDA. The FDA requested that Lupin notify all doctors who have prescribed the pill, so if you had been prescribed an affected lot, your doctor should have notified you and written you a new prescription.
You can call the drug company directly by phone at 1-800-399-2561, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday if you have any questions or want to speak to them. They are also asking that you return the unused pills to your local pharmacy.
And, um, you may want to pick up a few pregnancy tests while you're there. You know, just in case.
Have you ever had to deal with a birth control recall before?