Sometimes, health-related situations arise which demand our immediate attention.
Such is the case here, with a birth control 'pill' FDA Recall 'in-progress'...which is listed in the December 28, 2011 FDA 'Enforcement Report'.
The FDA, itself, recognizes that there may be unintended consequences for those who use certain drugs during the interim period between the issuance of an 'Enforcement Report' and the actual 'RECALL' of the pharmaceuticals under discussion.
I am not a fan of oral birth control pills- not so much from a 'moral perspective', but, rather, because there are very real health consequences to long-term users of these drugs.
What I present here is purely from a scientific perspective as a biochemist. You know the negative side-effects of your oral birth control methods, ladies. Unfortunately, in this case, you can add an 'increased likelihood of unintended pregancies' due to packaging errors!
Rev. Barb's advice: the shorter the duration of 'pill' use, the better. Also, remember that oral contraceptives do NOTHING to protect you against STD's of all sorts.
That being as it may, here's a recent official FDA statement regarding 'RECALLS' currently suspended in a bureaucratic 'limbo':
"The FDA begins a pilot program seeking to expedite notifications of human drug product recalls to the public. The agency will modify the drug product section of the Enforcement Report17, published every Wednesday, to include actions that have been determined to be recalls, but that remain in the process of being classified as a Class I, II, or III action. Such recalls will be listed under the heading, “Recalls Pending Classification: DRUGS.” They will be reposted with their classification once that determination has been made. Send comments or suggestions to CDERRecallPilot@fda.hhs.gov." (Enforcement Report December 28, 2011What this MEANS is that the FDA, (and I agree) feel that the public really ought to be notified ASAP about pending drug RECALLS even before the official weekly report comes out and even before a particular RECALL is officially 'classified' ("I, II or III").
I have chosen here to highlight 3,220,845 cards of oral contraceptives distributed nationwide and in Puerto Rico, since the stated reason these pills are in the process of being recalled is as follows: "Contraceptive Tablets Out of Sequence; blister cards were rotated 180 degrees, reversing the weekly tablet orientation." (Enforcement Report Dec. 28, 2011)
And we all know what that means.
You can be as responsible as you can and there will still be no way that you can be assured of the stated efficiency and efficacy of your favored birth control method.
Be sure to check for your birth control brand...and check out the other pending RECALLS of other drugs in the Enforcement Reports. Brand names of the affected oral contraceptives include Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsynthia, Previfem and Tri-Previfem.
I applaud the FDA for featuring the information the public needs to see more prominently, as highlighted in their pilot program statement above.
It's tough for patients to stay up-to-date as it is. All of us can use all the help we can get when it comes to the health of ourselves and our loved ones.
Here's the FDA Homepage LINK: http://www.fda.gov/default.htm
You will find all FDA RECALLS & Enforcement Reports and other information there...and you should 'bookmark' it for future reference.
And, of course, be sure to consult your personal health care provider for specific advice for you.
For Your Health & Happiness
God Bless You this New YearRev. Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"