April 13, 2013 9:56 am
Updated: April 13, 2013 1:05 pm

Apotex expands Alysena-28 birth control pill recall


OTTAWA – Health Canada says Apotex Inc. will be recalling 11 additional lots of Alysena-28 birth control pills as a precautionary measure.

Apotex is making the additional recall while it investigates why one lot – LF01899A – of the product contained packages with extra placebo pills in place of active pills.

Packages of Alysena-28 should have three rows of the pink active pills and only one row of white placebo pills.

Canadians using this product should use a non-hormonal method of birth control, contact their health care provider for medical advice and return unopened packages to their pharmacist.

Alysena-21, which is manufactured at the same facility, is not part of the current recall as these packages don’t normally include a row of the placebo pills.

However, because the product is made in the same facility, Health Canada and Apotex are working together to verify this product as well.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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