So how many of you ladies (and gentlemen) freaked out when you heard about the Pfizer recall on Lo Ovral 28 (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) with a certain lot number? Like the millions of other people who apparently used these bad pills, I sure did. So did my husband. We would like children some day, but we are not ready by any means right now. We flipped out when we heard. I was at work, and my husband was on his afternoon break when he caught it on the news and immediately messaged me. At that moment, it all made sense!
To backtrack a little bit here…
For a few months, especially last Fall, my period was out of wack. I would start before the sugar pill week, or after I started a new pack, and other strange things that aren’t supposed to happen while on the pill. I’m on it because I get debilitating period pain and the only way to prevent it is to be on the pill for three months straight at a time. And all last Fall, my pills weren’t working like they were supposed to! Finally, in January things started straightening out and working properly. Then my husband messaged me. And told me my pills were that lot number. It all came together like glue.
We’re on the process of getting reimbursed for those pills, along with two pregnancy tests that I brought on the orders of my doctor and Plan B. It’s a long process. We’re getting the runaround from Akrimax (the company that distributed the pills), Stericycle (the company handling the claims) and Pfizer themselves. I don’t trust Pfizer any more, so I’m looking for a new birth control pill, and I want to be reimbursed for the pills I bought just recently even though they are not in the same lot number as my older packets that were recalled. I can’t trust that these pills are fine, when it took several months for the recall to take place AFTER the mistake occurred with the recalled lot. How do I know the same thing won’t happen again in two months? While I agree that this could happen at any company, I should be able to reasonably trust a company to do their job properly. And that trust was lost when this happened. So I’m moving on to another birth control pill that is made by a different company.
I’m writing a letter to the legal department of Pfizer, on the advice of about the 7th woman I spoke to from Pfizer’s Medical Information department. I was told to spell out how I was affected by this whole thing and ask Pfizer to please reimburse me for all the trouble. My letter may be more demanding than that. If you want to write a letter to them here’s their information:
ATTN: Legal Department
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
For the record, why I am waiting to get in and see my gyno, my local pharmacist was able to find me a suitable generic version of Lo/Ovral that is not made by Pfizer or Akrimax. It is called Cryselle 28 and it can be substituted if you have an existing prescription on file since it’s scientifically the same medication. It may or may not be available by now as more people request it from their pharmacies.