Birth Control Packaging Error Leads to Lawsuit

Birth Control Packaging Error Leads to Lawsuit

Over 100 women who purchased Qualitest Pharmaceutical’s birth control pills have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer because the pills were packaged incorrectly.

Documents revealed in court showed the women took the pills as directed, but they failed to prevent pregnancies because of the packaging error.

The issue was the packaging was shifted 180 degrees, meaning the pills were flip-flopped – so when they were taking placebo pills, they should’ve been taking the active ones.

qualitest-birth-control-pill-recall-2011Ninety-four women who took the pills gave birth after unexpected pregnancies, while 17 others did not carry their pregnancies to term.

The lawsuit, filed on November 5, includes 100+ women spanning 28 states. They’re seeking millions in damages to compensate for their pain, suffering, lost wages and child-rearing expenses.

A spokeswoman for the company says they’re aware of the complaints, but wouldn’t comment on pending or ongoing litigation. She also noted there is no new or recent product recall – they did a voluntary recall back in 2011 – and emphasized, “patient safety is our top priority.”

Court documents said 3.2 million pill packs were recalled from 2011.

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