Healthy Canadians issued a Class l recall of Alysena-28 birth control pills on Monday, April 8, 2013. Alysena-28 is distributed by the pharmaceutical company Apotex. The recalled batch contains 14 days of placebo sugar pills, which means there are only 14 active pills instead of 21.
According the CBC News, the company says 50,000 packages may have made it into the market place.
The recall was initially voluntary; retailers and wholesalers were contacted, but customers were not. Emily Costello a university student said she felt like she “was going to throw up” when she first heard about the recall.
Costello told CBC News, ” It’s unbelievable to me that they didn’t do a public recall right away. What were the reasons they had to go through retail first?”
John Tse, vice-president of London Drugs told the CBC that his company is offering free pregnancy test and morning after pills to anyone who is taking Alysena-28. He also said the company reached out to about 350 customers.
“I looked at it and said, ‘there could be unwanted pregnancies out there,” Tse told the CBC. We felt it was important to let the patient know so there can be a judgement call from the patient.
The lot or serial number for the recalled product is LF01899A.
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