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Drug maker recalls birth control pills

NEW YORK - Drug maker Glenmark Generics said yesterday it is recalling seven lots of birth control pills because in some packages, the pills were in the wrong order.

The company, which is based in India, did not say how many pills or packages are being recalled. Glenmark said the pills were distributed between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30. The ingredients of the pills are norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol.

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In some packages, blisters of pills were rotated so they were not in the proper sequence.

The error also made the lot number and expiration date harder to see, and the company said the recall applies to any blister package for which the lot number and expiration date are not visible.

A month’s supply of birth control pills contains three different medications that are each taken once a day for a week, and a week’s worth of inert pills. If the pills are taken out of order, they may not work.

Pfizer Inc., the largest drug maker in the world, announced a similar recall on Feb. 1.

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