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Mibelas 24 Fe birth control pills , courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration

Check your birth control pills. A packaging error could cause unplanned pregnancy.


If you're taking birth control pills, you should check to make sure your pills aren't being recalled. A pharmaceutical company is recalling tablets of Mibelas 24 Fe due to a packaging error that could result in unplanned pregnancy. 

The first four days of the packet contain four non-hormonal placebo pills, normally meant to be taken during the last week of the menstrual cycle, instead of active pills. 

Baltimore-based Lupin Pharmaceuticals announced the recall on May 25. 

“Oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy,” the announcement on the Food and Drug Administration website states. 

The company said the packages were rotated 180 degrees during the packaging process, which put the weekly tablet orientation out of order. 

Pills that are being recalled have the lot number 600518 and an expiration date of May 2018.

However, due to the packaging error, the lot number and expiration date are not visible. 

"These products are packaged in blister packs containing 28 tablets: 24 white to off-white tablets of active ingredients debossed with ‘LU’ on one side and ‘N81’ on the other; and 4 tablets of inert ingredients debossed with ‘LU’ on one side and ‘M22’ on the other side,” the FDA stated.

The FDA said consumers should contact their doctor if they have experienced any problems related to the pills.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Lupin at 1-800-399-2561 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT, Monday through Friday.

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