Pfizer's Massive Birth Control Pill Recall

This is a guest blog from our friends at BISNAR CHASE.  Helping injury victims in California since 1978.

Are You at Risk for a Wrongful Pregnancy?

Like most pharmaceuticals they have hard to pronounce names: Lo/Ovral, generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol. They all are designed to do one thing: stop pregnancy. 

Over a week ago, Pfizer, the manufacturer of all these contraceptive medications announced the recall of one million packets of birth control pills because there was some packaging error that rendered them useless as contraceptives. As can be imagined, confusion, panic and pregnancies are widely predicted. Hot on the heels of that has come to a new term: "wrongful pregnancy."  These cases could amount to medical malpractice. It is one of the largest such recalls in history. 

The drug company issued the order after finding that some packages had too many active tablets, while others had too few.

First things first: Make sure you are actually taking the oral contraceptive that's been recalled: Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets.

The affected packets have expiration dates between July 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

Still not sure? Call your pharmacist. He or she can help you ascertain whether your pill pack is affected. 

Or check Best and look up our website page on the Pfizer recall to see the list. 

Pfizer has recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. That's one million doses. It was discovered that the pills were packed "wrongly." The error showed that some packets had too many active tablets and some had less than the desired number. The use of packets with the wrong number of active tablets can lead to women becoming unwittingly pregnant.

Despite the quick address and a candid public announcement, the harm was already done. The pills had been sold and consumed. The question now is: Has anyone gotten pregnant because of an inadequate dose of the active contraceptive ingredient in the faulty packet? And if anyone did, is there interest in pursuing a wrongful pregnancy charge? Additionally, what is the list of charges that can be brought against Pfizer and how much can be demanded in damages?

Consider This

The cost of raising a child to age 18 in the US has been calculated to be $226,920. This does not even begin to address personal time, effort and sacrifice on the part of the mother. 

It is recommended that you call your ob-gyn at once to make an appointment.  Amongst other questions, your doctor will want to know your pill history, when your last period was and how you're feeling.

If your doctor can’t see you right away for an exam, make an appointment and head to the drugstore to buy a pregnancy test.
If your result is negative, your doctor will likely tell you to come in for an exam and advise you to use condoms or another form of non-hormonal birth control until you start a new pack of prescribed pills.

Contact Bisnar Chase

If your pregnancy test comes back positive, it's extra important that you make an appointment right away. But this time, you need to come to us…the Pfizer recall attorneys at BISNAR CHASE. Call us right away at 800-561-4887 for a consultation.
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