Packaging mix-up

More than 100 women suing birth control company over unwanted pregnancies

An illustration picture shows a woman holding a birth control pill at her home in Nice January 3, 2013. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

More than 100 women are suing Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, claiming that incorrect packaging of their birth control pills has resulted in unwanted pregnancies. In 2011, the company had to recall eight brands of birth control pills, because of a packaging error which had placed the pill’s labels upside down. Now,  113 women from 28 states are looking for millions in damages from the company, claiming that the error lead them to take the placebo pills (intended for the week of menstruation) at the wrong time, resulting in unwanted pregnancies. Qualitest is a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals, which responded in a statement to ABC News, saying: “The recall that forms the basis of this suit was entirely voluntary and occurred more than four years ago in September 2011. The voluntary recall occurred based on an extremely small number of pill packs that were manufactured by an external contract manufacturer. Endo has been able to confirm only one blister pack that manifested a defect and was sold to a patient. Additionally, courts have dismissed cases arising out of the recall because the plaintiff could not establish that she purchased a defective package.”

Read the full story at ABC News.

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