Recall of oral contraceptives issued

Sept. 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. pharmaceutical company says it is issuing a voluntary, nationwide, retail-level recall of multiple lots of oral contraceptives for a packaging error.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals said the error caused selected blisters in the packaging to be rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and obscuring lot numbers and expiry dates.

As a result, the daily regimen may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy, a company release said Thursday.

The recall is effective immediately and includes the following products: Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.

Consumers with questions should call 1-877-300-6153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, Qualitest said.

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