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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Flawed Birth Control

The Kansas City Star:

Shanta Russell had been taking her birth-control pills faithfully for more than a dozen years without a hitch. So when pregnancy tests kept turning up positive in June 2011, she was stunned.

Shock turned to anger three months later when the single Kansas City woman received a recall notice in the mail warning that the pills she had taken may have been placed in the wrong order in their blister packs. The mistake could render the pills ineffective.

That recall in September 2011 by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the pills Russell took, was followed closely last year by unrelated but eerily similar recalls of birth control pills with faulty packaging from three other manufacturers: Pfizer in January, Glenmark Generics in February and Sandoz in June.

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