Check your birth control pills


A pharmacy almost dispensed the wrong birth control pills when filling a prescription. The near miss involved Tarina FE 1/20 EQ (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, and ferrous fumarate) and Cyred EQ (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol). Both birth control pills are made by Afaxys Pharma and come in similar-looking packages. The 28-day calendar packs come in pink and white pouches that look nearly identical. The cartons, which contain 3 calendar packs, also have the same pink and white color scheme.

BCP Tarina FE EQ vs. Cyred EQThe company says they have plans to review these packages and will most likely make changes so they are easier to tell apart. Until then, when you pick up your birth control pills from the pharmacy, open up the bag and read the product label to make sure you were given the right birth control pills.

Created on September 3, 2020

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