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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:18 PM

Woman Sues Over Mislabeled Birth Control

Woman Sues Over Mislabeled Birth Control


A 33-year-old Kansas City woman is suing Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for becoming pregnant due to a packaging error for her birth control medicine.

According to New York Daily News, Shanta Russell, a single mother who found out she was pregnant in June 2011, wants compensation from the company. Qualitest admitted to putting her birth control pills in the wrong order in her birth control blister pack.

The parent company to Qualitest, Endo Pharmaceuticals, is also being sued. The company has refused to comment.

"I questioned myself. After all these years, how could this happen?" Russell said, according to the Daily News. "Then I received a letter in the mail. Of course I was angry. There was nothing I did that was a mistake."

http://www.rttnews.com/2061171/woman-sues-over-mislabeled-birth-control.aspx?type=gn&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap

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The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
haele Feb 2013 #1
SwissTony Feb 2013 #2
Gorp Feb 2013 #5
HappyMe Feb 2013 #3
cbdo2007 Feb 2013 #4

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:32 PM

1. Aren't they supposed to be different colors?

Back in the day when I used BC, there were 24 that were red and 7 that were blue, so I'd know which were the placebo and which were the full strength.

Even in a blister pack, there should have been some sort of clear control characteristic like pill color or shape so that in case of accidents - not only factory, but personal. Such as if the four-year-old gets into mommy's purse and has fun punching some of the pills out of the blister pack before mommy realizes what was happening - which happened to a co-worker of mine a couple years back. The different color control on the pills allowed her to be able to accurately repair her pack with tape instead of tossing the container and having to spend money she didn't have and start all over with a new pack.

Haele

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Response to haele (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 01:00 PM

2. This how i remember it...and I'm a guy.

There was a clear demarcation between the "real" pills and then placeholders. My GF had her pills on the drawers next to the bed.

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Response to SwissTony (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:30 PM

5. The ones I remember had three colors (I think of the 24 there were varied doses).

 

My eldest daughter's are only two colors. But either way, yes they should be different colors and the labeling should make it VERY clear which color is which! We want to be able to trust our medication, but it's getting much harder to do that, especially with mail-order being mandated by insurance companies for "maintenance drugs". One of my critical pills changed shape and color on a refill. I challenged it immediately. Apparently it was just a different manufacturer, but still. It's up to the individual to keep tabs on such things now.

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Response to haele (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 01:05 PM

3. Mine were yellow & blue.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 01:56 PM

4. Good luck to her.

Let's just hope nobody died as a result of their pregnancy from this company and that them having to pay some amount for raising these kids is the only really bad thing that happened. I'm guessing they'll settle with each family for $250,000 or so.

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