Pfizer recalls 1 million packets of birth control pills

Pfizer said its voluntary recall is based on its own rigorous internal assessments of this problem, in which it found that the inactive or placebo pill may have been placed out-of-order in some packs

Washington: American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced recall of more than one million packets of birth control pills after it found out that inactive or placebo pill may have been placed out-of-order in some packs, reports PTI.

"We have announced a voluntary recall of Lo/Ovral-28 (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) and Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets (generic) birth control pills in the United States," the company said in a statement yesterday.

"We understand that this news can be very concerning and confusing for any woman who takes birth control pills to protect against unintended pregnancies," it said.

Pfizer said its voluntary recall is based on its own rigorous internal assessments of this problem, in which it found that the inactive or placebo pill may have been placed out-of-order in some packs.

"We believe there are approximately 30 packs of birth control pills that may have received an inexact count or inactive tablet," it said.

"Because of our high quality standards, should we identify even one package that does not meet our high standards, we will voluntarily recall the entire lot," the pharma company said.

Pfizer said it has voluntarily recalled the 28 lots - which is approximately 1 million packs - to ensure that any possibly impacted product is removed from pharmacy shelves - and women who use the product are alerted.

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Maruti Suzuki launches new compact sedan

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire is wider, taller, has a larger wheel base and is yet compact as compared to the existing Swift DZire.  The new Swift DZire is more fuel efficient by almost 7% in petrol and 8% in diesel.

Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited, unveiled its much awaited next generation all new compact sedan, Swift DZire.

The new Swift DZire is wider, taller, has a larger wheel base and is yet compact as compared to the existing Swift DZire.  The new Swift DZire is more fuel efficient by almost 7% in petrol and 8% in diesel.

The company along with its vendors has invested over Rs230 crores towards this full model change for the new Swift DZire, This is over and above the Rs550 crores invested towards new Swift launched earlier in this fiscal.

At the launch, Shinzo Nakanishi, managing director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, “This second new model in our portfolio within six months, demonstrates our faith and confidence in the Indian market. It is also an indicator of our ability to offer new models regularly in shorter time spans. Our engineers have brought in interesting modifications including an automatic transmission in the new Swift DZire to meet the aspirations of a young city family”.

Swift DZire is a category leader with over 39% market share in the entry sedan segment. Clocking monthly sales of around 10,000 units, the company expects the new Swift DZire with the full model change to strengthen the entry sedan portfolio and sell much larger numbers.

32 young Maruti Suzuki engineers have smartly integrated over 150 changes on the new Swift DZire.

Smart Specs: The new Swift DZire measures 3995mm in length, has a width of 1695mm (+5mm). In addition, it has a height of 1555mm with a larger wheel base of 2430mm (+40mm) adding to the overall vehicle stability. For congested city driving conditions, the vehicle offers tighter turning radius of 4.8m and best in class ground clearance of 170mm. The optimized boot now measures 316 litres to meet all the needs of a family sedan.

Refreshed exteriors: The front fascia now sports a uniquely designed bumper and grill, carries Suzuki’s characteristic U-Line theme, powerful fog lamps, and character lines on bonnet. Other modifications on the exteriors include ORVM mounted turn signal indicators, characteristic vertical lamps, motion theme alloy wheels and a wrap around cabin wind screen. The rear looks sportier with rear positioned antenna, integrated spoiler and trapezoidal tail lamps. The strong shoulder line and U-line theme is carried from the front for visual continuity.

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