It’s been reported that Pfizer Inc. has recalled one million packets of birth control pills. Due to a packaging error, Lo/Ovral-28 pills and generic norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol pills did not contain the necessary dosage of the birth control drug. As a result, women who took these pills may have become pregnant.
This is just the latest setback for birth control companies. A study by the Food and Drug Administration showed that 10 out of 10,000 women taking drospirenone pills (a compound found in the birth control pill known as Yasmin) would get a blood clot within a year. But that’s not all. An advisory committee to the FDA said that Yaz and Yasmin pill packaging needs to contain more information about the risks of getting a blood clot.
Bayer, the maker of Yasmin, is now facing over 10,000 lawsuits.
As a San Jose personal injury lawyer, I know that for a drug to work, it has to contain the proper ingredients. That’s just common sense. People rely on drugs to do what they purport to do, and it’s unfortunate that birth control pills are failing and endangering women. In my capacity as a San Francisco personal injury lawyer, I hate to see drugs designed to help people actually pose a greater safety risk to their users.