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Allergan birth control recall: packaging error could lead to ‘unintended pregnancy’

Allergan birth control recall: packaging error could lead to ‘unintended pregnancy’

In what sounds like a nightmare out of "The Handmaid's Tale", thousands of birth control pill packs are being recalled after incorrect packaging replaced active pills with placebo bills, an error that could lead to unintended pregnancies for consumers.

"Given the nature of the issue, controls and inspections in place on the packaging line, the recall is limited to one lot of Taytulla". In a statement, the company said four placebo pills were placed out of order in its sample pack of Taytulla.

Check your birth control, it might be under recall. Instead, the faulty pack had four maroon placebos at the start of the treatment. The remaining four, which are meant to be taken during the final four days of each pack, do not have hormones.

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Allergan said patients should contact they doctors if they have any concerns, or they can call the company at: 1-800-678-1605. Patients who received a sample pack should notify their physician to arrange for a return.

The spokesperson said that the recall was made due to an error in a single pill pack, and so far, no other sample packs with the error have been identified, either within the recalled lot or in other lots.

Allergan announced the recall for Taytulla in a Tuesday, May 29 news release, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pushing out its own warning shortly after the news hit. Those affected are marked lot #5620706 with an expiration date of May 2019.