Allergan recalls birth control pills; packaging error could lead to unintended pregnancies

Allergan recalls birth control pills; packaging error could lead to unintended pregnancies

Allergan is voluntarily recalling packs of its birth control pills in the US because of a packaging error with placebos, increasing the possibility of unintended pregnancy.

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

Check your birth control, it might be under recall. The brown placebo pills should be the last four of the pack.

The recall covers almost 170,000 sample packs with a 28-count blister card that has 24 "active" pink softgel capsules (with hormones) with "WC" printed on the outer shell in white to be taken for 24 days, followed by four maroon softgel capsules (without hormones) also imprinted with "WC" on one side to be taken for the next four days.

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The physician sample pack should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four maroon capsules without hormones, Allergan said. Patients can contact Allergan at 800-678-1605.

Women taking birth control pills who miss taking a single active pill, or several pills, may be at higher risk of unintended pregnancy during that cycle, according to the Mayo Clinic. Allergan said that the incorrect order is significant enough to cause pregnancy.

Allergan, the drug's manufacturer, announced the recall Tuesday. Allegran said it hasn't received any reports of unintended pregnancies as a result of the packaging order.

The recall applies to sample packs used since August 27, 2017, with the lot No. 5620706 and an expiration date of May 2019.

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