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If you’re a woman on birth control, it might be wise to take a look at your latest prescription and make sure that it hasn’t been recalled.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a national recall on March 4, 2019, of birth control tablets produced by Apotex. Apotex voluntarily recalled four lots of Ethinyl Estradiol tables and Drospirenone tablets because of missing or incorrectly arranged pills.

Typically, birth control packets contain 21 active doses with the actual medication and 7 inactive pills that function as placeholders so that patients have an easier time tracking their doses. The packaging mistakes could leave patients without protection from unwanted pregnancies. It could also negatively affect others who use birth control to treat various other medical conditions, including things like migraines and hormone disorders.

If you use either of these types of birth control, check the lot number on the packaging. The defective lots were distributed throughout the nation, so people should look for the following identification numbers on the packages:

  • 7DY008A
  • 7DY009A
  • 7DY010A
  • 7DY011A

In addition, all of the affected pills have an expiration date of August 2020.

If you’re one of the people affected by this recall, you’re urged to get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible in order to get a replacement prescription. You can also contact Apotex directly if you have further questions.

Defective drugs are more than a mere inconvenience for many people. While there have been no reports (so far) of unwanted pregnancies, that’s a real possibility. Depending on what they are being treated for, other women may also suffer complications from the disruption in their medication that can last for quite a while.

If you’ve been harmed by a defective drug or a prescription error, it’s smart to find out more about your potential right to compensation. An attorney can help you learn more about your options.