Women Panic After Pfizer Birth Control Recall

Pfizer, the worlds largest research based pharmaceutical company, issued a voluntary recall of its contraceptive pills that were found to have a manufacturing issue. Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic brands were recalled in late December after the company found a key mistake that could lead to several unintended pregnancies.


Each packet of the birth control contains 28 pills, including 21 active pills, pills that prevent pregnancy, followed by seven placebo pills, pills that allow the body to have a period. Most active and placebo pills are differentiated by the color, allowing women to keep track of when they are taking an active or placebo pill. In order for the birth control to work effectively, the pills must be taken properly. Women are suppose to take them in the correct order at the same time everyday. If a pill is missed, her chances of becoming pregnant increase.

After the company received a call from a woman stating she found an active pill in the middle of her placebo pills, completely altering the order of her packet, Pfizer reviewed the manufacturing company. They realized there were a handful of packets that were put together incorrectly, mixing the order of active pills with placebo pills. The company immediately fixed the problem and later sent out a warning to the public addressing the issue. Pfizer recalled 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic brands, though they believe only about 30 packets were defective. Though Lo/Ovral-28 is not one of the most used birth controls, the warning sent many women into a panic.


Taking a defective prescription drug can not only be dangerous but can also be life changing, especially when it involves unintended pregnancy. If you or a loved one have ever been affected by a defective prescription drug, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. At Borchardt Law Firm, we have seen and dealt with several prescription drug cases and feel the work we do will continue to protect future generations of Texans. Feel free to give us a call.

Toll Free: 866.832.9300
Phone: 817.332.9300
Fax: 817.332.9301
Burnett Building
801 Cherry St #1005
Fort Worth, Texas 76102