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Birth Control Recall

Birth Control Recall - Dr. Ranit Mishori, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Georgetown University, said today that patients should ask for an alternate product and use an additional means of contraception. "They may want to get a pregnancy test [as well]," said Mishori, adding that she did not prescribe Qualitest products. The voluntary recall affects eight kinds of birth-control pills -- including a variety of generic brands such as Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem -- and an estimated 1.4 million packs of pills that started getting shipped out last year. Qualitest said the error caused the weekly tablet orientation to be reversed and obscured the pills' lot numbers and expiration dates on certain packages. None of the recalled pills has expired. Qualitest: 2% of Oral Contraceptive Market Qualitest accounted for about 2 percent of the oral contraceptive market, a spokesman for the Huntsville, Ala., company said. Birth-control pills, which contain estrogen and progesterone, prevent the release of an egg by fooling the body to believe it has already done so. The first three weeks of pills provide the hormones in varied or similar doses and the last four or seven pills of a pack -- usually of a different color -- contain nothing so that a women can get her menstrual period. Birth Control Recall

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