BIRTH CONTROL PILLS Pfizer Inc. announced that it has voluntarily recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol)Tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (generic) for customers in the U.S. market. An investigation by Pfizer found that some blister packs may contain an inexact count of inert or active ingredient tablets and that the tablets may be out of sequence. The cause was identified and corrected immediately.
These products are oral contraceptives indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception. As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy. These packaging defects do not pose any immediate health risks.
IF YOU HAVE SOME Begin to use a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately. Patients who have the affected product (lot numbers are provided here) should notify their physician and return the product to the pharmacy. Call 1-877-509-3935 to report any adverse events and for more information. You can also report problems to the FDA's Med Watch Program at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.
LED FLASHLIGHT SETS About 41,000 LED flashlight and battery sets sold at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs from July 2011 through December 2011 for about $15. The flashlights can heat up, smoke or melt when turned on, posing fire and burn hazards. BJ’s has received two reports of incidents with the flashlights, including one unit overheating and one unit burning and making a loud noise. One minor injury to a consumer’s hand has been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to any BJ’s Wholesale Club for a full refund. Consumers should properly dispose of the batteries before returning the flashlights to the store. Call 800-257-2582 or go to www.bjs.com for more information.
INFANT RATTLES About 25,000 infant rattles sold at various Mexican specialty craft stores nationwide from February 2001 through October 2011 for about $4. The rattle's handle is small enough to fit into a child's throat, posing a choking hazard and violating federal rattle standards.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to Lee Carter Co. for a full refund or credit towards a replacement product. For information, call Lee Carter Co. collect at 415-824-2004.
BICYCLE HANDLEBARS About 2,000 (U.S.) and 70 (Canada) Nitto bicycle handlebars sold at bicycle specialty stores and dealers nationwide from January 2008 through July 2011 for between $60 and $80. The recalled bicycle handlebars can break while the user is riding the bike, resulting in loss of control and a fall hazard. Two incidents of the handlebars breaking have been reported, including one involving a fall and a cut to the rider's leg.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Euro Asia Imports to receive free replacement handlebars. Call 888-662-1814 or go to www.euroasiaimports.com for more information.
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