Have you used Lo/Ovral® birth control pills, or their generic counterpart, Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, manufactured by Pfizer, Inc.? In January 2012, Pfizer issued a massive recall of Lo/Ovral® and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets after discovering that blister packs might contain an inexact count of placebo tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence. As a result, the recalled Lo/Ovral and Norgestrel birth control pills may not provide women with protection against pregnancy.Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP who specialize in defective drug litigation are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of victims of the Pfizer birth control pill recall. If you took Lo/Ovral® or Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol birth control pills and experienced an unintended pregnancy, you may be entitled to collect damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Our defective drug lawyers are offering free lawsuit evaluations to victims of the Pfizer birth control pill recall. To learn more about the legal remedies available to you, please contact our Pfizer birth control pill recall lawyers today.
Pfizer Birth Control Pill Recall
Pfizer announced its birth control pill recall on January 31, 2012. The recall involved 1 million packets of birth control pills, 14 lots of Lo/Ovral®-28 Tablets, as well as 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (the generic brand) in the U.S. market. The recalled birth control tablets were manufactured and packaged by Pfizer, commercialized by Akrimax Rx Products and labeled under the Akrimax Pharmaceuticals brand. Pfizer said the packets are pink with the drug’s brand name or generic name on it, along with the Akrimax name. Pfizer’s logo does not appear on it. The affected packets have expiration dates ranging between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. The pills were distributed nationwide in 2011.
If they had been packaged correctly, the recalled Pfizer birth control pills would have contained 21 tablets of active ingredients and seven placebo tablets. Because the tablets may be out of sequence, the daily regimen of the pills may not be correct and therefore may make women who take the medications more susceptible to an unplanned pregnancy. In announcing the recall, Pfizer said that women who had been exposed to affected pills should begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately. Patients who have the affected product should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy.
The risk of an accidental pregnancy among women taking the recalled Pfizer birth control pills depends on how many doses a patient misses in the pill cycle. Patients normally can miss a dose and then catch up the next day, but the risk rises if a woman goes more than a couple of days without the right dose.
Legal Help for Victims of Pfizer Birth Control Pill Recall
If you or a loved one suffered an unplanned pregnancy because of Pfizer’s recalled birth control pills, you may have valuable legal rights. To discuss your case with one of our defective drug lawyers, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.