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Birth control recalled over chipped pills

Chipped pills may contain less active ingredient, which reduces effectiveness in preventing pregnancy

CBC News

February 09, 2018

Packages of Apotex's Alysena28 birth-control pills should contain 21 active pink pills and 7 inactive white pills. (The Canadian Press)

One lot of Alysena 28 birth control pills is being recalled after complaints about chipped pink pills, the distributor says.

Health Canada said Friday it is advising people of Apotex's voluntary recall of Alysena 28, a prescription drug used to prevent pregnancy.

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The pills are sold in sealed blister packages containing 21 active pink pills and 7 inactive white pills. 

"Active pills that are chipped may contain less of the active drug ingredients, which may reduce Alysena's effectiveness in preventing pregnancy," Health Canada said in a statement. 

The affected lot is Alysena 28 (DIN 02387875), lot LF10133A, expiry date 10/2019.

Consumers are advised:

Health Canada said it will monitor the company's recall and work with the company to determine the scope and cause of the issue. 

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