One of the most common questions women ask about birth control is, “How effective will it be for me?” However, an even more important consideration is how it might affect your health. If you are currently taking contraceptives, whether oral, shot, patch, or intrauterine device, continue reading to learn some pertinent information regarding birth control medication recalls, as well as what to do if you have been harmed by your contraceptive medication in Indiana.
Options For Oral Contraceptives
According to an article published on verywellhealth.com by Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC, the popular birth control options today range in effectiveness from 71% to 99% depending on the type. One of the most prevalent kinds of birth control are oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills (BCP’s), which come in a packaged filled with medicated and non-medicated (placebos) pills that a woman will take every day in a particular order.
Common Causes of Birth Control Recalls
Oral BCP’s, although popular and effective, can be mixed up during the manufacturing process. For instance, the factory can put the wrong number of active and inactive pills in a package or pack the pills in the wrong order. Such errors put women at higher risk of unplanned pregnancy. This was the case in 2012 when a popular birth control pill called Introvale was recalled when a woman noticed that the placebo pills were in the incorrect row of her package. These incorrect pill products were on the market for a total of 14 months before being recalled.
Additional Birth Control Recalls:
► Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol – Glenmark Generics had to recall 7 batches of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets in 2012 as a result of expiration date printing errors.
► Lo/Ovral-28 and Norgestre and Ethinyl Estradiol – The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, was obligated to recall 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic norgestre and ethinyl estradiol tablets because the packages were suspected of containing the incorrect number of active and inactive pills, as well as incorrect orders.
► Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Recalls – Qualitest Pharmaceuticals was forced to recall several birth control products back in September of 2011 as a result of manufacturing packaging mix-ups. These products included:
• Gildess FE
Yaz Birth Control
For years there have been concerns about the possible risks of blood clots when taking Yaz birth control pills. But despite the endless arguments and requests by consumer advocates to recall it, the FDA will not comply. Instead, they changed the labeling to warn women of the possible the risk of blood clots. As a result of the FDA’s refusal to recall Yaz, many believe there might be a class action lawsuit in the works against the manufacturer of Yaz, Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
To learn more about recalled birth control medications, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. You may also follow @FDArecalls on Twitter or sign up to receive FDA notices of recalls via email, text, or RSS feed.
Did You Take a Recalled Medication?
If you believe you have taken a recalled birth control medication, your first step is to immediately contact your doctor for medical attention and treatment. From there, it is wise to learn your rights to compensation for the damages and losses you incurred as a result of taking recalled medication. Start by consulting with a seasoned Indiana civil litigator who specializes in product defects, recall claims, and class action lawsuits.
Don’t let the time limit run out on your claim. Get the financial benefits you are owed on behalf of your loved one. For a free case evaluation, contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 as soon as possible. Our Indiana civil litigators serve clients all throughout Indiana.