Packaging error leads to birth control pill recall in US

Drugmaker recalls birth control pills packaged in wrong order	 	 	 			Birth control pills

Drugmaker recalls birth control pills packaged in wrong order Birth control pills

As a result of the packaging error, taking the capsules out of order may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure, which could result in an unintended pregnancy.

Pharmaceutical company Allergan issued a voluntary nationwide recall Tuesday on nearly 170,000 sample packs of the birth control Taytulla.

According to the FDA, some packages of the oral contraceptive capsules, Taytulla, may have four placebo capsules placed out of order. Anyone who has the recalled pills is encouraged to call their doctor.

Specifically, the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules. The Company is notifying customers via a recall letter and is arranging for return of all sample packs. Allergan notes that it won't be obvious that the pill are not in the correct sequential order.

The packs contain 24 "active" pills with hormones, followed by four inactive, or placebo, pills that don't contain hormones.

The side-by-side photo shows incorrectly and correctly packaged Taytulla birth control pills.

The manufacturer is concerned that users of their contraceptive may not notice the reversed order, thereby increasing the possibility of an unintended pregnancy. They've been issued since August 27, 2017. The company learned about the error after one physician reported it.

The recalled pills were "physicians' sample packs", which are shipped directly to physicians who give them to patients, an Allergan spokesperson told Live Science; they weren't packs that were given to patients by pharmacists.

On Monday, Allergan's stock closed down 1.91 percent.

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