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Birth control pills recalled due to misprinted instructions

Posted at 12:55 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 13:55:15-05

Janssen Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling three lots of its popular Ortho-Novum birth control pill.

Janssen issued a voluntary nationwide recall for one lot of Ortho-Novum 1/35 and two lots of Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 due to incorrect dispenser instructions.

The potential risk of taking Ortho-Novum without the appropriate instructions for correct use of the dispenser pack is that the consumer could take the pills in the incorrect order (still receiving an effective dose) or could take an inactive “reminder” pill instead of an “active” pill which could lead to breakthrough bleeding or an unintended pregnancy.

The three lots affected by this recall are:

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Janssen via phone on: 1-800-526-7736 (1-800-JANSSEN) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.

Click here for more information on the recall.