Watch out for chipped birth control pills in their packaging: Health Canada

Health Canada is alerting consumers about possible chipped birth control pills in their packaging.

Health Canada says complaints have come in regarding packages of both Alysena 21 and Alysena 28 that contain pills that may be chipped.

The pills are made by Apotex Inc.

Health Canada says during manufacturing, it's possible the pills can chip.

The announcement comes a month after a voluntary recall of one lot of the Alysena 28 pills that had chipped pills but now all lots may be affected.

Health Canada says here's what you should do if you take these pills:

  • Check your pills before and after taking them out of the blister package. 
  • Do not consume a pill if it looks unusual (for example, it is chipped, has jagged edges or is broken). 
  • Examine both sides of each pill thoroughly before taking it. It may not be immediately obvious from looking at the blister package that there is a problem with the pills, since the underside of the pill cannot be seen while in the blister pack.
  • If you have a package with an unusual-looking pill, return it to your pharmacy for a replacement package.
  • Do not stop taking your birth control pills as this may result in pregnancy. 
  • Talk to a health care professional if you have questions or concerns about your birth control product, including about missed doses and alternatives. 
  • Report adverse events to health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1-866-234-2345 or by reporting online, by mail or by fax.
  • Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1-800-267-9675.