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Pfizer recalls 1 million defective birth control pill packets

In a nearly-unbelievable mistake, Pfizer has issued over 1 million packets of birth control pills that may be ineffective. The pharmaceutical firm is scrambling to recall the drugs, but many women have unknowingly been exposed to an increased risk of pregnancy.

The mistake concerns Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. Women who use these products should check the expiration date of their meds: The recalled drugs have expiration dates spanning from July 31, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

[Click here to read Brian McKeen's press release concerning the Pfizer birth control recall.]

The serious mistake occurred at the packaging stage, as the birth control packets contain too few active pills and too many inactive pills, or vice versa. In the former scenario, women face a much higher risk of an unanticipated pregnancy. Pfizer states that women using the defective packets are not at risk for health problems, unless - of course - pregnancy itself poses a health risk to the woman.

A woman who is unknowingly pregnant may use alcohol or take medications that are harmful to a fetus. Even seemingly harmless medication such as acid-reflux pills can present an increased risk of birth defects to a fetus. Should this unfortunate situation occur, Pfizer can be held liable for the harm caused by its serious medication error.

If you have been exposed to Pfizer's defective birth control packets and experience an unplanned pregnancy, contact an experienced Michigan medication error attorney to discuss your legal options.

Source:, "Pfizer recalls 1 million birth control packets," Associated Press, Feb. 1, 2012

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