Distributor recalls birth control pills (The South End)

Contraceptives Prescribed at local Planned Parenthood clinics not included.

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Published September 17, 2011, The South End.

By Emily Morman

Published: 09.17.11| Updated: 09.19.11

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, a leading pharmaceutical company, has recalled eight types of birth control pills after a manufacturing mistake put the pills in the wrong order.

Qualitest issued a recall alert for certain types of birth control pills, among which are products from Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.

A packaging error put the pills in reverse weekly order and covered up the lot number and expiration date, according to a company press release. While no immediate health risks are associated with the error, according to the press release, it could leave women at risk for unintended pregnancy.

Women who were taking the recalled pills should start using another form of contraception and consult their doctors, according to the press release.

The press release says, “The source of the error is currently under investigation and the company is committed to rectifying the issue in a timely manner.”

Those who received birth control pills at a Planned Parenthood location in the Metro Detroit area, however, are not affected by the recall.

“None of our pills that we dispense were recalled,” said Danielle Terry, director of patient services at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 4229 Case Ave.

She said that clinic and all of its affiliates in the Metro Detroit area, including Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Warren, Livonia, Benton Harbor and Kalamzaoo, do not dispense the birth control pills recalled by Qualitest.

Women can call Planned Parenthood for either a same-day appointment or to schedule one in advance. Patients do not need to undergo an exam to receive birth control, but they can receive consultation with a nurse practitioner.

If women are concerned about their birth control pills, Terry said, Planned Parenthood also offers the morning-after pill that is effective up to five days after sexual activity.

“The safest thing if you ever have a birth control issue is to use condoms – use a backup method – until you know for sure that your primary method is working,” she said.

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