A packaging error on Mibelas 24 Fe, a chewable birth control pill, has resulted in a voluntary recall. According to a press release from the Food and Drug Administration, the blister on the package was rotated 180 degrees within the wallet, putting the pills off schedule.
As a result, the first four days of active birth control would have had four of the placebo pills in their place. The packaging mistake also made the lot number and expiration date no longer visible on the package.
Another way to tell the difference is that the placebo pills are darker in color than the active pills.
For those using the Mibelas 24 Fe pill for contraceptive purposes, taking the pills out of sequence could result in an unintended pregnancy. This includes patients who would experience serious health consequences if they became pregnant — although to date, the FDA said there had been no reports of such events.
Lupin, the pharmaceutical company that makes the pills, has notified its distributors and customers via a letter. If you think your birth control pills have been affected, contact your physician or health care provider. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Lupin by phone 1-800-399-2561, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.