The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2012 announced that Pfizer initiated a voluntary recall of two birth control products, Lo/Ovral-28®, and generic norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol, because the two products contained inexact numbers of inert or active tablets. Also, some of the tablets were out of sequence.
What Is Pfizer Lo/Ovral-28® and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol?
Combined norgestrel (a progestin hormone) and ethinyl estradiol (a naturally occurring estrogen hormone) first received FDA approval in 1976, and they are now generic contraceptives.
Lo/Ovral-28® is Pfizer’s brand name version of norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol. “The pill,” as it is known, combines these two hormones in doses of 0.03 mg norgestrel and 0.3 mg ethinyl estradiol.
Pfizer sells these pills in blister packets containing 28 pills each. Twenty-one of those pills contain the active ingredients. The remaining seven are sugar pills, or placebos, meant to be taken during the fourth week of the woman’s cycle. These placebos are included in the birth control packet even though they are unnecessary for the drug to work. They are intended to help women maintain the habit of taking the pill every day.
Recalled Pfizer Lo/Ovral-28® and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Might Leave Women Underprotected from Pregnancy
On January 31, 2012, Pfizer initiated a voluntary Lo/Ovral-28® recall. The recall affected 14 lots of the product sold in U.S. markets. According to the FDA recall press release, Pfizer discovered some blister packs that contained an inexact number of dosed tablets and sugar pills. Also, some tablets were out of sequence. If women use birth control packs that have too many or too few dosed pills, or if those pills are not sequenced properly, the contraceptive drug may not work and the women might become pregnant unintentionally.
The FDA lists the affected lot numbers and expiration dates on its web site. The expiration dates run from August 2013 to March 2014. The FDA does not believe that taking the pills will cause any dangerous Lo/Ovral-28® and norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol side effects.
RLG’s Pfizer Lo/Ovral-28® and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Recall Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again.
The Lo/Ovral-28® lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a birth control recall lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
If you have taken either Lo/Ovral-28® or norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol and believe it was subject to the recall, contact RLG today.