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Moms Sue Pharmaceutical Company, Say Birth Control Pills Failed

BOSTON (CBS) -- More than 100 women are suing Qualitest Pharmaceuticals claiming defective birth control pills manufactured by the company led to their pregnancies.

Moms from 28 states, including Massachusetts, have filed for millions of dollars in a class action lawsuit. Some of the women are seeking the total cost of raising their child into adulthood, including the cost of education.

The suit states, "when the birth control pills were delivered to the Plaintiffs, they were defectively and dangerously designed, manufactured, packaged, sold, and distributed."

Indeed, Qualitest recalled eight different kinds of oral contraceptives in 2011 after it was discovered that the rows of pills were packaged in reverse order, CBS News reports. 

As a result, the women may have taken the sugar or placebo pills -- intended to be taken during the week of their menstruation -- earlier in the month, when they should have taken an actual contraceptive.

CBS News reached out to representatives for Endo Pharmaceuticals, Qualitest's parent company, and Patheon Inc., the company that packaged the products, and both declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.


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