How A Birth Control Blunder Caused 113 Unplanned Pregnancies

Written by Emi Boscamp

Imagine being under the impression you were taking your birth control properly and responsibly but then finding out you were actually taking sugar pills instead.

You'd probably wouldn't be happy.

Well, that's exactly what happened to over 100 women (and likely many more) from at least 20 states. These women have joined together to file a negligence lawsuit in Philadelphia against several drug companies, reports The New York Times.

The lawsuit follows a 2011 recall of over 500,000 blister packs after an Iowa customer found the pills flipped 180 degrees in their packaging — meaning that women took placebo pills when they should have been taking active pills.

All but four of the 117 women involved in the lawsuit actually got pregnant and 94 went on to give birth.

The women are now suing Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other companies that made or distributed the pills under the brand names Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem, and are seeking damages for lost income, medical costs and, for some, the cost of raising a child.

Endo told ABC News that it has only confirmed that one blister pack was defective: "The voluntary recall occurred based on an extremely small number of pill packs that were manufactured by an external contract manufacturer."

We'll have to see how the lawsuit plays out, but this might encourage us to check the colors of our pills before popping them!

(h/t NYT, ABC)

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