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Sandoz issues recall on contraceptive Introvale due to packaging error

Filed June 8th, 2012 Laurie

Pharmaceutical firm Sandoz has issued a recall on 10 Lots of its generic birth control pill Introvale distributed in the U.S. because a packaging flaw has been reported.

Sandoz issued the recall when a consumer reported to the company about the white placebo pills being placed in the wrong location of the foil blister pack containing the oral contraceptives. While the risk of serious injuries is low due to this error, the flaw could result in unexpected pregnancies. Rather than being in the 13th row of pills, the placebos were discovered in the 9th.

The recall includes the following Lot codes: LF00478C, LF00479C, LF00551C, LF00552C, LF00687C, LF00688C, LF00763C, LF00764C, LF00765C and LF01261C. They were distributed in the U.S. from January through May of this year.

The statement describes the pills in the following way: “Each three-month blister card contains 84 peach-colored active tablets and seven white placebo tablets in 13 rows, each representing one week.” Placebo pills are white and the contraceptives are a peach tone, and reportedly easily distinguishable from each other.

Sandoz does not believe this error is common among the blister cards included in this recall. If a person discovers the error, the company suggests finding a non-hormonal form of birth control until new pills are received.

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