Dr. Jill Rabin Urges Women to Remain Calm in Face of Pfizer Birth Control Recall

 Dr. Jill Rabin Urges Women to Remain Calm in Face of Pfizer Birth Control Recall Photo

Dr. Jill Rabin (sharecare.com)

Following the recent birth control recall by Pfizer, an article in the New York Daily News provides information on what women should do to find out whether their birth control packets are affected.

The recall is for more than 1 million packs of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets. The maker of these drugs, Pfizer, has discovered a packaging error which has caused some packets to contain too many active pills and other packets to contain too many inactive pills, or placebos. The affected packets may not provide the appropriate level of protection against pregnancy.

Patients who have been taking these medications are advised to:

  • Check their packets’ expiration date (the affected packets expire between July 31, 2013 and March 31, 2014)
  • Check their packets’ lot number (the affected packets’ lot numbers are available on FDA.gov)
  • Talk to your pharmacist if unsure

If you determine that your birth control pack is part of the recall, Dr. Jill Rabin advises you to stay calm and follow these steps:

  • Take an over-the-counter pregnancy test.
  • If pregnancy test is negative, make an appointment with your OB/GYN for information on additional contraceptive forms you should use until starting a new birth control pack.
  • If pregnancy test is positive, make an appointment to see your OB/GYN immediately to discuss your options.

Dr. Rabin stresses that the chances of becoming pregnant because of a faulty birth control pack are small. She said,

“It can be scary, but chances are, you’ll be okay.”

To find an OB/GYN in your area, use Vitals’ Find a Doctor tool. Or, to prepare for a visit to the OB/GYN to discuss your birth control options, refer to our Birth Control Patient Guide.