Image description: The two types of birth control pills Pfizer recalled.
Pfizer announced a voluntary recall of Lo/Ovral-28 and Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol birth controls pills because of a mix up in packaging. Some active birth control pills were replaced with placebo pills in certain packages.
If you take these pills, you should start using a back up form of birth control immediately, contact your doctor and return the pills to the pharmacy. Learn more about the birth control pills being recalled to see if yours were affected.
Two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panels will meet today to discuss adding new warning labels to certain forms of oral contraceptives, also called birth control pills.
An FDA-funded review showed that there is an increased risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs with some of the newer types of birth control pills. The review also found that two other forms of birth control, the contraceptive patch and ring, had higher rates of clots.
Women should talk with a doctor about birth control options to make a decision that is right for them.
Learn more about the birth control options the FDA panel will discuss.