Biggest Drug Recalls of the Past Decade

Is it in your medicine cabinet? Check this list of drug recalls to get the most up-to-date information on the prescription and over-the-counter drugs you need to discard (12 Photos)

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Biggest Drug Recalls of the Past Decade

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Lo/Ovral-28 Oral Contraceptives/Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol/Introvale

Recall Date: January 31, 2012; February 27, 2012; June 5, 2012
Product: Lo/Ovral®-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets, 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (generic), 7 lots of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol, 10 lots of Introvale
Company/Brand: Pfizer, Inc. and Glenmark Generics, Inc., Sandoz
The Hazard: Pfizer voluntarily recalled 14 lots each of its brand name and generic birth control pills. According to Pzifer, the issue is "some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence." In February, Glenmark voluntarily recalled 7 lots of their own birth control pills due to similar packaging and efficacy issues. In June Sandoz recalled 10 lots of generic brand Introvale because the white placebo pills were in the ninth row of its pack, rather than the 13th row. While the effected packs from these recalls don't pose any health risks, you may not be adequately protected from unintended pregnancy. If you have one of the effected lots, return them to the pharmacy, inform your doctor and start using another form of non-hormonal birth control, such as condoms.
Who to call: Consumers can call 1-(877)-509-3935 for more information about the Pfizer recall, call (201)-684-8000 for the Glenmark recall or go to Glenmark-Generics.com. Consumers can contact Sandoz at 800-525-2492 or via email at qa.druginfo@sandoz.com.

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