A birth control packaging error could put you at risk for pregnancy — here's what you need to know to stay safe
Packs of Mibelas 24 Fe oral contraceptives have been recalled for a frightening reason: a packaging error for the birth control pills could put you at risk for unintended pregnancy. The recalled pills come from Lot No. L600518 and are marked with an expiration date of 5/31/2018. According to the FDA, Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalled their Mibelas 24 Fe tablets after a consumer reported a packaging mistake in one of its oral contraceptives.
The recalled packages have a major rotation error — the blister pack of 180 degrees placed the placebo pills at the beginning of the pack rather than the end.
As we know, taking birth control pills in the correct order is crucial to preventing pregnancy.
The Mibelas birth control was distributed nationwide to pharmacies, clinics, and wholesalers, but no unplanned pregnancies have been reported yet.
As the FDA points out, an unplanned pregnancy can cause major risks — especially because they can be fatal for some women, or harmful to the fetus if the woman is taking other medications that may cause birth defects.
Mibelas 24 Fe tablets that are being recalled come in blister packs containing 28 tablets. The NDC (National Drug Code) on the individual packs is 68180-911-11 and the NDC for the three-wallet packs is 68180-911-13. As mentioned earlier, both types come from Lot No. L600518 and have an expiration date of 5/31/2018.
If you have one of these packs of birth control, contact your doctor immediately and return the pills to your pharmacy.
If you have questions about the recall, Lupin can be contacted by calling 1-800-399-2561, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.