Allergan has issued a nationwide recall for 170,000 sample packs of its birth control Taytulla, saying packaging errors could result in unintended pregnancies.
According to the Washington Post, botched packs of Taytulla contain pills that are placed in the wrong order.
The 28-pill packs should have 24 pink pills with hormones followed by four maroon placebo capsules; however, in the recalled packs, the placebos are placed at the beginning of the treatment. The reversing of the order may not be apparent to new users or previous users.
Mayo Clinic warns that for birth control pills to be effective, the must be taken in the correct order, every day, at the same time. Even missing one day of an oral contraceptive like Taytulla significanlty increases the chances of a woman getting pregnant.
The recalled packs were sent to health-care providers across the United States, and sample packs have been circulating since August 2017. Affected consumers will be notified of the recall by letter.
Women who have received a faulty pack of Taytulla are urged to contact their physician. Your physician can advise additional step you may want to take as well as return the faulty product.
Adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Consumers with questions may also contact Allergan by phone at 800-678-1605, 8am-8pm EST Monday through Friday.
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