A popular form of oral birth control called Introvale, made by the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, has been recalled due to a packaging flaw, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A notification to both consumers and pharmacies states that 10 lots of the generic oral contraceptive Introvale has been voluntarily recalled because of faulty packaging that incorrectly placed white placebo tablets in the ninth row instead of the 13th row where they are meant to be.
Each three-month blister card has 84 peach-shaded tablets and seven white-colored placebo tablets in 13 rows. While the peach-colored tablets can be easily distinguished from the white, there is a risk of unintended pregnancy if users take the wrong tablet over a time period of multiple days.
For a complete list of lot numbers involved in the recall, click here.
Sandoz has yet to hear of any adverse events related to the defective packaging, but if consumers find a white placebo tablet in any position other than row 13 (the final row), they are advised to start using a non-hormonal type of contraceptive immediately, and contact their healthcare professional.
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