Allergan Recalls Taytulla Birth-Control Packs After Pills Placed Out of Order

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The drugmaker said Tuesday the physician sample packs of Taytulla were created to have 24 active birth control pills, followed by four placebo pills, taken daily over the course of 28 days.

The recalled birth control was distributed nationwide to healthcare providers.

Allergan released this image showing the incorrect packaging for birth-control treatment Taytulla. May 2019. Consumers who have the sample pack product with the associated lot number should notify their physician to arrange a return. Allergan notes that it won't be obvious that the pill are not in the correct sequential order. If patients have concerns regarding the possibility of an unintended pregnancy they should consult their physician.

The recall affects physician sample packs of Taytulla made by Allergan. The recall specifically affects the 6x28 physicians sample pack with Lot #5620706 (Exp 05/2019). Women who miss two or more consecutive hormonal pills should use back-up contraception, such as condoms, or avoid sex until they've taken active pills for seven consecutive days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The company says there's a packaging error with placebos, which increases the chance of unintended pregnancy. "At this time, no other units with the defect have been identified within the lot or within any other Taytulla lot".

Allergan is now notifying customers about the recall by letter, and arranging for the return of all recalled products. "You too!" followed by four baby emoji.

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.

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