Nationwide Recall of Contraceptive Pills by Qualitest

Nationwide Recall of Contraceptive Pills by Qualitest
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The Alabama based Pharmaceuticals Company, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, on Friday issued a nationwide voluntary recall for multiple lots of the birth pills it manufactures. The recall has been ordered due to a systemic error in packaging of the pills. Nearly 1.4 million packages, which have been distributed to customers and pharmacists, around the nation, have been recalled.

The chief spokesperson for the company, Kevin Wiggins, told us that there are no health issues regarding this packaging error but the main concern for the company is that women might get pregnant unintentionally even though they have taken the contraceptive pill. Kevin Wiggins said, “.The unintended consequence of pregnancy is really the issue. That’s why the company took a drastic action.” From a statement issued by the company located in Huntsville, the real problem in the packaging is that inside the pill boxes, certain blisters on the card were rotated 180 degrees which reversed the orientation of weekly tablet intake. This made the lot number of the pill along with the expiration date on the card no longer visible.

The company also said, “As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unwanted pregnancy.” A pharmacist who immediately informed the company officials noticed this blunder, Kevin Wiggins explained. Qualitest has advised the customers who have the wrongly packaged pill boxes¬† to start using a contraceptive which is non-hormonal in nature and to also consult a doctor at the same time. All the Pharmacists have also been intimated regarding the problem and have been told to contact the respective customers who have bought the faulty pills. The specific products that have been recalled are as follows: Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35,¬†Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.

A customer service helpline has also been setup on which the customers can call and enquire about the arrangements to return their pills or any other query they have. Problems related to the faulty pills can also be reported on the same number. They can call on 1-877-300-6153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For further information regarding the issue, customers can log on to the website of the company, http://www.qualitestrx.com/pdf/OCRecall.pdf. Kevin Wiggins has assured the customers that Qualitest is working at a very high level with the authorities as well as the manufacturers of the pills to determine what went wrong.


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