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A Surprise Visit From the FDA: Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to Packaging Error

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Ladies of Los Angeles, take heed: your reproductive precautions may have been compromised.

According to a statement released by the FDA, several kinds of birth control made by Qualitest pharmaceuticals are being recalled due to a packaging error. In certain lots of products, the blisters -- the plastic bubbles that house each pill -- were rotated, meaning that they no longer line up with the correct day.

The New York Daily News reports that in some cases, it means that consumers are directed to take the sugar pills on days when they should be taking active pills. This kind of mistake (and we hope you already know this) could cause an unintended pregnancy.

The FDA's statement suggests that women who find that they have a pack affected by this mistake begin using non-hormonal birth control right away.

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The pills being recalled are Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem.