A batch of birth control pills from Lupin Pharmaceuticals has been recalled due to packaging error that could result in unintended pregnancies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on its website.
The drug in question is a lot of Mibelas 24 Fe, which expires at the end of May 2018. Pills within the package were placed out of order, with placebo pills accidentally shifted to the first four dosage days rather than the last four. (The reason? The packages containing the medicine were accidentally flipped during the manufacturing process.)
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Packaging errors have a somewhat disproportionate pull on drug safety. Whilefood recalls over bacterial or viral contamination are relatively common, medicinesâ€”due to the precise order in which many of them must be takenâ€”are susceptible to how they’re placed into pills, bottles, and other containers.