RECALL: Birth control pills with flawed instructions can lead to unintended pregnancy

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Pharmaceutical company Janssen has issued a voluntary nationwide recall for birth control pill packages because of a packaging error, according to Fox 32.

They say this mistake could cause “unintended pregnancy.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says these instructions could cause a consumer to take the pills in the incorrect order or take the “inactive reminder pill” instead of the active pill. They say it can also cause bleeding.

Officials say the product itself is safe and effective with the right dispenser instructions. Consumers should continue to take the 21 "active" pills for three weeks and then one week of "reminder" pills.

Active pills for Ortho-Novum 1/3 are peach-colored, while Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 pills are light-peach, peach, and white-colored.

Birth control packages affected:

1.) ORTHO-NOVUM 1/35

Carton: 50458-176-06

Pouch: 50458-176-28

Lot No.: 18BM114

Exp. Date: 03/2020

2.) ORTHO-NOVUM 7/7/7

Carton: 50458-178-06

Pouch: 50458-178-28

Lot No.: 18CM120

Exp. Date: 03/2020

3.) ORTHO-NOVUM 7/7/7

Carton: 50458-178-12

Pouch: 50458-178-12

Lot No.: 18BM110

Exp. Date: 03/2020

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