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Pfizer recalls millions of birth control pills

Pfizer has issued a recall of birth control pills, like the ones seen here in this file photo.


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fizer Inc. announced Wednesday a recall of 1 million packets of birth control.



A packaging error could leave women with an inadequate dose of hormone-based drugs and increase the risk of accidental pregnancy, the company said.



The affected brands are Lo/Ovral-28 and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets, marketed by Akrimax Products.



Oral birth control products use a series of 7 inactive sugar tablets and 21 drug tablets in order to regulate a woman's menstrual period. Pfizer said some birth control packets had too many active tablets and others did not have enough.




MORE INFO: A full list of the lots affected by the recall



No safety risk is associated with the recall, the company said, only a risk of pregnancy.



The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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