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SOURCE Health Canada
OTTAWA, March 8, 2018 /CNW/ -
Further to a recent advisory about the recall of one lot of Alysena 28 birth control pills because of chipped pills, Health Canada is informing Canadians that all lots of both Alysena 21 and Alysena 28 may have chipped pills. Health Canada is reminding women to always check their pills carefully before taking them.
Alysena 21 and Alysena 28 are prescription drugs used to prevent pregnancy as well as to treat acne (in women 14 or more years of age). Alysena 21 contains 21 "active" pink pills, while Alysena 28 contains 21 "active" pink pills and 7 "inactive" white pills.
Who is affected
What consumers should do
Additional information for pharmacists:
What Health Canada is doing
Health Canada will continue to monitor this issue and will take necessary action, including informing Canadians as appropriate.
Apotex Inc. voluntarily recalled one lot of Alysena 28 (lot LF10133A) on February 9th, 2018 as a precaution while it determined the scope and nature of the issue.
Apotex Inc. has put in place measures to address the manufacturing issue and is conducting additional visual inspections of the product before release. Based on a thorough assessment of all available information, Health Canada considers these measures, along with patients visually checking the pills and not taking pink pills that are chipped (and not missing a dose), adequate to address the issue at this time.
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