If you use Alesse 21 or 28 birth control pills, be aware.
Health Canada has just issued an alert after receiving packages of Alesse 21 and Alesse 28 that contained pills which were about half their regular size.
Pills that are smaller might contain less of the drug which prevents pregnancy, and would thereby be less effective.
The complaints received by Health Canada involved a pack of Alesse 21 expiring in August 2018, and a pack of Alesse 28 expiring in April 2019.
The organization is advising consumers and industry professionals to check each package of the pills to make sure they’re all the same size.
Health Canada is currently working with the manufacturers of the drug, Pfizer Canada, to monitor the extent of the problem and come up with a solution, if necessary.
In the meantime, if you’ve received a package of Alesse 21 or 28 that contains one or more half-sized pills, return it to your pharmacy in exchange for a new pack.