Birth control pills recalled due to 'packaging error'

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary nationwide recall of birth control pills due to systematic "packaging error."

Story highlights

  • The voluntary recall involves 1.4 million packages of oral contraceptives
  • The problem has to do with labeling and other info inside the package
  • "Unintended ... pregnancy is really the issue," a company spokesman says
  • Those with pills are told to use "non-hormonal" contraceptives and seek info
An Alabama pharmaceutical company issued a voluntary nationwide recall Friday for "multiple lots" of birth control pills due to what it described as a systemic "packaging error."
A spokesman for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals said that "there are no immediate health issues currently" because of the packaging problems. Rather, he said, the chief concern is that women may unintentionally become pregnant after taking the oral contraceptive.
"The unintended consequence of pregnancy is really the issue," spokesman Kevin Wiggins said. "That's why the company took a drastic action."
Wiggins said the recall involves 1.4 million packages that have been distributed to pharmacists and customers since last year.
According to a statement for the Huntsville-based company, "select blisters (found inside the pill box) were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation." This helped to leave the pills' lot number, as well as the expiration date, "no longer visible."