In this day and age, it’s easy for conscientious adults to avoid pregnancy regardless of any excuses made as to how it allegedly happened accidentally. However, an alert was just released today that authorities are warning American women (and men) that if they end up pregnant this month there is one very shocking reason as to how that happened, which for many may already be too late. In this case, the truth is stranger than fiction, which unfortunately will result in an unexpected influx of unplanned pregnancies.
While babies are certainly miracles and many hopeful parents-to-be pray and plan to conceive, other couples are hoping to start or grow their family when the time is right for them. This can be based on a lot of life factors and to plan and prepare with these things in mind is definitely responsible. Unfortunately, those best efforts may backfire this month in particular and for no wrongdoing on a woman’s part, after an unusual set of circumstances was just revealed.
One of the most reliable forms of birth control used widely by women is “the pill.” For it to be effective, it has to be taken regularly. This is proven by the fact that many have become pregnant after missing a day or two of their daily dose, taking it late or skipping to the current day. However, even if you have been following instructions on one package exactly as you should, you may still end up pregnant without planning on it.
“A nationwide recall has been issued for a contraceptive pill that could lead to unintended pregnancy,” WXPI reports. “According to the FDA, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced a recall of Mibelas 24 Fe tablets due to packaging errors that resulted in tablets being out of order and missing expiry information.”
Those who have been taking this particular brand of the birth control pill need to be aware that of this “packaging error” in which the placebo for was placed in the wrong sequence.
“Non-hormonal placebo tablets were placed in the packaging’s denoted first four days, where active tablets should be.The lot number is L600518 with an expiration of May 2018,” WXPI explained.
“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,” the FDA said. “The reversing the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the tablets out of order.”
No state in the nation is singled out by this important recall notices as the birth control was distributed nationwide to a multitude of wholesalers, clinics, and retail pharmacies across the country.
Although the maker of this particular medication has made a concerted effort to contact their distributors and customers, many consumers relying on this birth control may not have gotten the message. Anothter concern is that for some, it may already be too late based on each user’s individual cycle.
“Any one who has purchased the product should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy or place of purchase,” the report noted.
Unlike many other consumer recall notices, this one is uniquely alarming in that the ramifications could result in life-changing consequences. This is a critical oversight in the packaging process since even missing just one pill in the daily 30-day dose could end in a pregnancy. Women relying on this brand to prevent this life-altering result assume they are protected and have been conducting themselves accordingly.
Please share this critical information with everyone you know. Chances are, they may or may not get the recall letter sent from the manufacturer, despite the company’s best effort to contact them.
FDA.gov has more:
“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. The reversing the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the tablets out of order. For patients in whom a pregnancy is contraindicated or in whom concomitant medication(s) may have teratogenic effects, an unintended pregnancy may cause significant adverse maternal or fetal health consequences, including death.To date there have been no reports of such adverse events.”
“This product is an oral contraceptive indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives. These products are packaged in blister packs containing 28 tablets: 24 white to off-white tablets of active ingredients debossed with “LU” on one side and “N81” on the other; and 4 tablets of inert ingredients debossed with “LU” on one side and “M22” on the other side. This product was distributed Nationwide in the U.S.A. to wholesalers, clinics and retail pharmacies.”