Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP
Call OUr Law Office TODAY
Massachusetts 413-346-5305
Vermont 802-681-4687
Toll Free 800-365-9913
Our Practice Areas

Unwanted pregnancies prompt lawsuit against pill manufacturer

Many pregnancy-related medical errors negatively affect the unborn child or the mother during pregnancy or delivery. However, mistakes regarding women’s health and pregnancy can also occur when a pregnancy isn’t planned. In a recent case, a lawsuit involving 113 women in 28 states was filed after the women alleged a defective batch of birth control pills led to their pregnancies. In a large lawsuit such as this one, it is possible that Massachusetts residents were also affected, even if they did not take part in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia against Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, a company that manufactures generic drugs. Prior to the case, the company had issued a voluntary recall in 2011. Due to a packaging mistake, some of the tablets in the blister pack had been oriented incorrectly, which could cause women to take a sugar pill at the wrong time of the month. If the placebo is taken in place of a hormone pill, pregnancy can occur.

The women involved in the lawsuit claim that the company packaged and sold “defective and dangerously designed” oral contraceptives, causing many of them hardship due to unwanted pregnancies. Some are demanding the full cost of raising a child to adulthood, including education, as compensation.

The company has rebutted by claiming the mistake occurred more than four years ago, that the recall was voluntary and that it involved only a small number of pill packs. Earlier lawsuits against the company based on the recall did not succeed. Whether or not the current lawsuit rules in favor of the plaintiffs, the case shows how those who have been affected by a medication or pregnancy error may seek compensation.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Women Sue Birth Control Company, Claiming They Got Pregnant From Mislabeled Pills," Kim Bellware, Nov. 12, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Our Team Today

Tell Us About Your Legal Issue

For more information, please call 800-365-9913 or fill out the below form to send us a confidential email:

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

North Adams Office
1330 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 413-358-4652
Fax: 413-663-7970
North Adams Law Office Map

Pittsfield Office
2 South Street
Suite 115
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 413-358-4652
Fax: 413-443-1894
Map & Directions

Bennington Office
116 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 802-681-4687
Map & Directions

Springfield Office
1331 Main Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103

Toll Free: 800-365-9913
Phone: 413-358-4652
Fax: 413-443-1894
Map & Directions

  • Super Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • PeerReviewRated
  • American Association for Justice
  • ABA | American Bar Association
  • MassBar |Association
  • NAELA