Wrong instructions lead to birth control pill recall

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(WAND) – A birth control medication is under recall because of incorrect instructions, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The products involved in the recall include one lot of ORTHO-NOVUM 1/35 and two ORTHO-NOVUM 7/7/7 lots. The FDA says the wrong instructions for the Veridate dispenser are in the recalled packages, meaning people could take the pills in the wrong order or take a “reminder” pill instead of an “active” option. Those issues could cause breakthrough bleeding or an unintended pregnancy.

The FDA has issued notices to wholesalers, distributors and pharmacies, asking them to return the packages. Click here for more information about the recall and details about the specific pills involved.

Janssen, the company behind the drug, has the correct instructions online here. People who use the recalled products are asked to use the instructions in the link and continue taking prescribed doses. Concerns should be directed to a medical professional.

Janssen can be reached by calling 1-800-JANSSEN between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Problems with the recalled pills can be reported to the FDA online at this link.

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