Birth Control Recall Impacts Millions

MIAMI ( – An Alabama pharmaceutical issued a voluntary nationwide recall for birth control pills over what’s called a systemic “packaging error.”

The packaging error isn’t impacting a woman’s health, according to Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. However, the instructions may end up with women unintentionally becoming pregnant while taking the medication.

The recall involves 1.4 million packages that have been distributed since last year.

Qualitest urged those who have their products to use a “non-hormonal” form of birth control.

The recall affects these products: Cyclafem 7/7/7; Cyclafem 1/35; Emoquette; Gildess FE 1.5/30; Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem; and Tri-Previfem.

Customers can call 1-877-300-6153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT to get their questions answered, arrange to return their pills or report problems. Information is also available at


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