Why Were 170,000 Birth Control Pill Packs Just Recalled?

Henrietta Brewer
May 31, 2018

Allergan announced a voluntary nationwide recall of 1 lot of Taytulla (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, and ferrous fumarate) 1mg/20mcg packs due to placebo capsules that were placed out of sequence.

The Taytulla birth control pills are from lot 5620706 that expires on May 2019. The brown placebo pills should be the last four of the pack.


A physician informed Allergan of the error in the first four days of a 28-count sample pack.

"The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order", Allergen's statement reads. Consumers who have those birth control pills should arrange to return them to their physicians.


If you are a patient in the USA who has used a TAYTULLA sample pack from lot 5620706, Exp. Women who miss two or more consecutive hormonal pills should use back-up contraception, such as condoms, or avoid sex until they've taken active pills for seven consecutive days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Allergan is now notifying customers about the recall by letter, and arranging for the return of all recalled products.


The recall applies to sample packs used since August 27, 2017, with the lot No. 5620706 and an expiration date of May 2019. Allegran said it hasn't received any reports of unintended pregnancies as a result of the packaging order.

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