Birth Control Recalled Over Packaging Error That Could Lead To ‘Unintended Pregnancy’

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Taytulla, a birth control pill made by the company Allergan, is being recalled nationwide. This is a grand total of close to 170,000 packs. What’s the reason you may ask? Well, anyone who has ever taken birth control pills knows, that a pack contains a certain number of pills with pregnancy blocking hormones, and then at the end, are placebo pills that allow you to bleed but without ovulation.

These packages, as can be seen below, got it backwards…

via Buzzfeed

Yup. Nearly 170,000 packages of Taytulla placed the placebo at the beginning of the schedule.

A statement from Allergan read…

“As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.”

Some were, well, surprised to say the least…

Though some seemed to think the color coating should be enough…

At at the end of the day, better safe than sorry!

H/T: Twitter, Buzzfeed



Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.