Pfizer recalling millions of birth control pills nationwide
Dr. Manny Alvarez weighs in
- Duration 4:51
- Date Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Manny Alvarez weighs in
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A major recall of birth control pills pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is pulling millions of the little over old pill packets sign -- that the overall.
Help packets from drugstores in clinics Dr.
Manny Alvarez is our senior managing editor of Fox News -- dot com and a member of our Fox News medically team.
So you know to quote Matthew Perry in the movie fools rush him when he was told the kind of didn't work but that's -- that's not to work you know -- I'm so upset because even today you know yes -- the story came out.
One million packets -- remove.
From the marketplace because -- you had the wrong pill combination you know usually -- overall has 28 pills.
21 which has the chemical the estrogen and progesterone combination.
And seven pills which are reminder pills placebos in the -- tiger but everything you know got -- you know you -- more placebo pills weather's supposed to be.
A birth control -- you know -- every.
He's always say so you think your ticket three weeks of and all of estrogen or whatever it is right at and it would just like returns that you maybe only took two I think -- answer -- honestly -- -- up at your packet -- life.
In the middle of the week that you were supposed to be taken the birth control -- and of course this is gonna lead to pregnancy which is.
You know they don't birth control pills are the most trusted type of medication -- women -- had a nine point 999 point 8% if you take it as as indicated.
And people rely on -- so.
And and what also what upsets me this is not the first recall I went back and I look at the data in on our investigation.
-- -- One point four million birth control pills were recalled and just September of last year not from -- but from another company.
So this is a big issue and of course.
Is what's happening in May of this past year and many more babies well you know Michael is working I'm gonna -- and I'm already getting phone calls because well you know we have to tell when illicit.
Arial B Julian Wright -- would you and so you don't stop gets taken every protection of course -- especially you have these brands.
And get a new package we have to -- throw them out we'll get you know you've been.
He's a popular brand of birth control every popular very very popular.
And you know imagine and this is not your -- expertise can you imagine lawsuits.
The lawsuit -- because I I predict people are gonna -- -- -- for the cost of raising the children that they want that absolutely.
And I'm sure there's going to be litigation towards the physicians and the planning.
Bit how he did.
-- -- they've been around forever.
And you know how -- picked up patients began to -- the the five cents -- by the way.
All my pills are paying.
For the first and second weekend now there's a couple of blue pills in the middle of the pack is this normal and then the way back and they were able to find that yes everything was not being properly.
Because -- but they -- of the machine checked and hand checked normally so there would have had to be who failures.
I mean that -- casual restaurant you're seeing -- and -- manufacturing.
Practices lately have not met.
A lot of standards we -- seeing a lot of these pharmaceutical companies now with a lot of recalls.
You know quality controls -- you know is this is a big issue inspectors are down.
Because I guess budget cuts so this is something that really is.
Taking a way that confidence.
That patient's -- have towards their medication but you never happened before by the way.
You get point yet but.
Look at that helps because in this instance you know it it sounds like it was actual -- I'm looking and saying normally I have three rows of pink pills -- one -- of blue pills.
And the they're too many blues this month so you can't just put lines fade into the minute now and I.
Tell the patient when we get -- a prescription and they get them from pharmacies have opened the -- Look at them see what the pills look like count them because even the numbers of pills sometimes go missing.
So it's -- Alien like this Fella Georgia one of our viewers says this reminds him of the old George Carlin joke he -- they should make birth control pills that don't always work for a little excitement and call them.
-- -- -- -- Base well and it will be the somewhat popular in certain parts of the -- -- -- get -- I predict what what it will hurt Pfizer will help the.
You know the pregnancy test like EPT well those sales I don't I I don't think yeah.
The other day I think women.
The ones that are gonna really be in and in you know.
I think a lot of anxiety is going to be -- Asking you -- -- inside and I feel bad -- Because this isn't even a year on negligence rated take it now I'm going to happen right on that -- -- your religious about anything to say that every day and next thing you know.
It was and we we have can chat on live on -- -- dot com every at every Wednesday.
And a lot of questions came up yesterday women saying hey I'm on the -- fifteen years what you're doing now so you know this is something that's going to be around for awhile.
Not gonna it's gonna help the back up contraception makers and it's gonna help EP three that's effects that's gonna help both people like -- couples are -- That's a lot of they have -- bag LB now obviously you wouldn't expect.
Big factor and you got it.