Today, almost 1 million packets of birth control pills were recalled because they may not have enough contraceptive in them to prevent pregnancy. The recalled birth control pills include 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets that were manufactured by Pfizer and marketed by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals. The recalled pills were shipped to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies nationwide.
The first thing to do to see if your birth control pills have been recalled is to check the product name, lot number, expiration date, and NDC from this chart on the FDA's website. Then, if you have a set of birth control pills that are a part of the recall, you should notify your physician and return the product to the pharmacy, according to the FDA.
The next step for women with recalled pills? Start using an alternative form of birth control, says Shari Brasner, MD and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.