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Pfizer Explains Birth Control Pill Recall on YouTube

February 1, 2012 – 3:20 pm

daphne_111610happyPfizer took to the Internet today to address its voluntary recall of approximately one million packs of birth control pills. Recalled are 28 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) and Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (generic) birth control pills in the United States.

Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer Freda Lewis-Hall explained in a YouTube video that “there may have been an issue with the way some of these pills have been packaged,” resulting in “placebo and active pills [that] may have been placed out-of-order in some packs.”

Lewis-Hall says that Pfizer believes there are about “30 packs of birth control pill that may have received an inexact count or inactive tablet.” She added that because of “our high quality standards, should we identify even one package that does not meet our high standards, we will voluntarily recall the entire lot.” The 28 lots recalled amount to about one million packs.

View pictures of the affected products and lot numbers included in the recall by visiting:

Correctly Packaged LoOrval Blister Pack Image
Correctly Packaged Norgestrel Image
Lot numbers

When I had first watched the video, there had only been about 10 views, but within an hour of being posted on Twitter, it had 125 views. Patients can easily share such news on social media, so reaching out this way to share recall news is important.

Daphne Allen

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