Pharmaceutical company recalls birth control pills following packaging error

Many sexually active couples make sure they take all of the preventative measures possible to protect themselves against any unwanted pregnancies. However, relying on one mode of protection is not always fool proof, which is why partners may want to take extra precautions.

According to CNN, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is recalling millions of birth control pills due to what they're calling a packaging error. Although a spokesman for the company was quick to deny any health issues that go along with the error, one of the main concerns of the company is that women may unintentionally end up pregnant, thinking they were protected by the pill when they were not.

"The unintended consequence of pregnancy is really the issue," spokesman Kevin Wiggins told the news provider. "That's why the company took a drastic action. We're dedicated to ensuring the safe use of our products, [and] this recall reaffirms our high standards. It's an error, nonetheless, and we put patients at the center of what we do."

The source reports that the recall includes more than 1.4 million birth control packages that have been distributed since last year. According to Reuters, the types of birth control pills include Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.

Women who are concerned about getting pregnant may want to think about using condoms, as well as birth control pills, as a way to further protect themselves in case one of the contraceptives should fail. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-half of 6.4 million pregnancies in 2001, the most recent year for data, were unplanned.

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