A pharmaceutical company is recalling birth control pills because of a packaging error that could result in unintended pregnancy. The pills sold under the name of Mibelas 24 Fe contains Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol 1 mg/0.02 mg chewable and ferrous fumarate 75 mg manufactured by Lupin Pharmaceuticals were packaged in a wrong order. According to FDA, the first four days of tablets labeled as active pills were actually nonhormonal placebos. After taking this wrongly packaged pill consumer will not receive the right hormone to prevent conception and could lead to pregnancy.
The product was distributed across the US to the wholesalers, clinics and retail pharmacies. The recalled product having the lot number L600518 and with expiry date of May 31, 2018, contained 28 tablets: 24 white to off-white tablets of active ingredients debossed with “LU” and “N81” on either side; and 4 tablets of inert ingredients debossed with “LU” on one side and “M22” on the other side. Along with inserting the pills in wrong order, the packaging error also made the lot number and expiration date “no longer visible.”
The Food and Drug Administration says, “The reversing order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the tablets out of order.” “As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,” the FDA said”, it further adds.
All the affected consumers should report to the nearest clinic immediately and consult a doctor. The pills can be returned to the pharmacy or to the place from where they have purchased. Consumers can contact Lupin Pharmaceuticals directly on 1-800-399-2561, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday in case of any concerns.