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Birth control pills recalled

Qualitest says packaging error to blame

Qualitest recall

If you’re a woman on the birth control pill, you may want to abstain from sex or use another method of contraception until you check out the packaging — unless you want a little surprise in 9 months, that is.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals has issued a recall on six of its birth control products, including Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem.

Qualitest says a packaging mix up may lead to women taking improper doses of the drugs, possibly leading to unwanted pregnancies.

But if you’re on one of these products and have had unprotected sex don’t panic just yet — the recall only affects select lots. Unfortunately, the packaging snafu also partially obscures the lot number so consumers may need to hunt for it, but in a case such as birth control its worth the extra time. A full list of the affected lots is available on the Qualitest website (PDF).

Anybody with additional questions about the birth control pill recall are invited to call Qualitest directly at 1-877-300-6153.