More than 100 women file lawsuit against Qualitest over packaging error in birth control pills

15 November 2015 (Last Updated November 15th, 2015 18:30)

More than 100 women have filed a lawsuit against Qualitest, a subsidiary of US-based Endo Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the birth control pills failed to prevent their pregnancies due to a packaging error.

More than 100 women have filed a lawsuit against Qualitest, a subsidiary of US-based Endo Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the birth control pills failed to prevent their pregnancies due to a packaging error.

A total of 113 women from 23 states filed a case against Qualitest and sought million of dollars in damages for medical expenses, pain, lost wages, and even child rearing costs.

"The firm had voluntarily recalled 1.4 million packages of birth control pills due to packaging error in September 2011."

According to the lawsuit, the birth control pills were packaged in a wrong way. When the package was rotated 180°, it reversed the the way pills should be taken, in other words, women consumed placebo pills when they should take active tablets, reported ABC News.

The placebo pills were taken at the wrong time of the month, thereby making them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies.

Due to the packaging error, 94 of the 113 women carried their pregnancies to term and 17 of them became pregnant though they did not carry their babies to term.

The firm had voluntarily recalled 1.4 million packages of birth control pills due to packaging error in September 2011.

The lawsuit in Pennsylvania, US, was filed following a denial of class-action certification by a federal judge in Georgia.