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Lawsuit filed against birth control pill manufacturer

It is only reasonable for consumers to put a great deal of trust into a pharmaceutical product, especially one that’s supposed to be reputable. Unfortunately, sometimes Rhode Island residents are negatively affected by a drug that has been incorrectly prescribed or is defective.

This appeared to be the case regarding a generic form of birth control pills, which recently prompted a lawsuit against the drug company Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. Lawyers representing 113 women from numerous states filed the lawsuit in a Philadelphia court. The case alleges the birth control pills were defectively designed, packaged and distributed to patients, resulting in numerous unplanned pregnancies.

The company issued a voluntary recall of numerous batches of the pills in 2011. This was due to a packaging error that oriented the tablets in a position that could have resulted in women taking a sugar pill at the wrong time in their monthly cycles, instead of the hormone pills that would have prevented pregnancy. Some of the women are seeking damages up to the full cost of raising a child to age 18, including education costs.

A spokesman from the drug company said that the recall was voluntary, was based on a miniscule number of pill packages and occurred several years ago. Other lawsuits based on the same recall had previously been unsuccessful.

Despite the outcome of the lawsuit, the case illustrates how a manufacturing or packaging error could have a devastating impact on patients who are relying on their effectiveness. In such cases, victims might wish to pursue compensation.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Women Sue Birth Control Company, Claiming They Got Pregnant From Mislabeled Pills," Kim Bellware, Nov. 12, 2015

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