Pfizer announced on Tuesday (February 1) that it is recalling about a million packets of birth control pills in the United States because they may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.
"As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy," according to a Pfizer statement.
COMMENT: In its statement, Pfizer stated the that birth control pills pose no health risk to women, but it urged consumers affected by the recall to "begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately."
Pfizer said the issue involved 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.
The pills were manufactured by Pfizer and marketed by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals and shipped to warehouses, clinics and retail pharmacies nationwide.