Packaging mix-up prompts recall of birth control pills

The pills come from Alabama-based Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. The voluntary recall includes the drugs cyclafem, emoquette, gildess, orsythia, previfem and tri-previfem.

A packaging mix-up is being blamed for a massive recall, involving six birth control drugs.

The pills come from Alabama-based Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. The voluntary recall includes the drugs cyclafem, emoquette, gildess, orsythia, previfem and tri-previfem.

According to the drug makers, the location of the pills in the packaging was reversed; meaning women could take them in the wrong order and put themselves at risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
 
“It's scary,” said IUPUI student Erica. “A lot of girls don't want to have children. And if you get pregnant because your birth control fails, what are you going to do?”

 “It makes me worry about the drug companies in particular,” said Anne. “That they're not really paying attention to what they're doing and making the drug.”

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals says the defect does not pose any health risks. Women using the affected pills should begin using a non-hormonal form of the contraception immediately and consult their doctor of pharmacist.

Still, the news is leaving some women, like IUPUI student Michelle, with an uneasy feeling.

“Yeah, there is,” said Michelle. “But then again, this isn't the only time. It’s happened before. I mean, with other medications it has happened, so it's not that big of a deal. But yes, it scares me beyond belief.”

Meanwhile, other women are now looking at all their options.

“I probably wouldn't want to use it as much,” said Sara. “I'd probably look for other alternatives other than the birth control pills.”

However, women like Maria say mistakes or not, it is up to the individual to know what they are using.

“I think when a woman chooses to utilizes birth control, it's their responsibility to do the research on the medication to see that it's of its value,” said Maria.

For more information, you can call Qualitest at 1-877-300-6153.

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