Introvale Birth Control Pills Recalled For Shuffled Pill Order

The short description on the Food & Drug Administration website says that the contraceptive pill Introvale is being recalled due to a “packaging flaw.” Well, that’s true, but that flaw is that the pills are in the wrong order. A three-month pack contains 84 “active” pills and seven placebo or “hey, it’s time for your period” pills. Some packs have the placebo pills in week 9 instead of week 13. Manufacturer Sandoz is recalling the affected lots, but since the pills are different colors, it’s not hard to tell whether your pills have been scrambled.

The recalled lots were distributed in the United States between January 2011 and May 2012, and have one of these lot numbers:

LF00478C, LF00479C, LF00551C, LF00552C, LF00687C, LF00688C, LF00763C, LF00764C, LF00765C and LF01261C

Oh, and if you feel like you’ve heard this story before…well, this isn’t the first case of scrambled pills in recent months.

Sandoz US Announces Precautionary Recall Of Oral Contraceptive Introvale®, Following Report Of Packaging Flaw [FDA]