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Women across America who use Lo-Ovral-28, Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol for birth control are likely going to be a bit concerned after they learn that drug manufacturer Pfizer announced a voluntary recall of more than one million packs (14 Lots) of its Lo-Ovral birth control pills because the pills “may not contain” enough inert or active ingredients to prevent pregnancy. This could cause some angst and sleepless nights for many people who have chosen to use the contraceptive.

According to a brief morning bulletin on WROC-TV (Rochester, New York), “The drugmaker says the recall involves certain lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets, along with Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.” Pfizer's PR bulletin on its website says, “Some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence. The cause was identified and corrected immediately.”

The medication was distributed nationwide, and Pfizer is urging couples across the nation who normally use the medication to use other “non-hormonal” forms of contraception immediately.

The packaging defects do not “pose any immediate health risks,” Pfizer says; however, looking to the future, one may wonder how many babies could be born nine months from now “as a result of this packaging error”. Maybe we are in for another baby boom.

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