Birth Control Pill Mix Up Causes Litigation .. and births
In 2011 more than 500,000 blister packs were recalled after an Iowa consumer found that the pills were packaged out of order. Of the 117 litigating women, all but four became pregnant.
The suit is against Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other companies that made or distributed the pills under various brand names. The recalled brand names are: Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.
A U.S. District Judge noted in a ruling that only 53 of the half-million recalled blister packs had pills arranged in reverse order. Each packet of birth control contains pill for 28 days. 21 pills contain hormones that prevent pregnancy and seven pills are placebos. Women are supposed to take the pills in proper order to prevent pregnancy.