Consumers Allege Defective Pill Packaging Led to Unplanned Pregnancies

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 A recent lawsuit, brought by women who claim they became pregnant after using some particular brands of birth control,was filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia early November, 2015. The women allege that the birth control pill packages they used were mislabeled by the manufacturer, causing them to takethe wrong type of pill during their ovulation time,due to a 180 degree rotation of the pills in the package.To effectively prevent pregnancy, birth control pills must be taken on a prescribed schedule, so that women can coordinate the medication with their ovulation to prevent eggfertilization, and take placebo pillsduring their menstruation cycle. Three weeks of active pills and one week of placebo pills is the regimented prescription, and the tablets must be labeled in the proper daily order to act as an effective contraceptive method.

The brands that were recalled included Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem, according to the FDA’sonlinenotice concerning the recall http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm272199.htm. All of these brands were marketed and manufactured under the supervision of Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Qualitest is being sued for those unplanned pregnancies andmay be liable for any damages awarded to the women by the court.

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