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Birth Control Health Center

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Fake Contraceptive Patches Sold on Internet

FDA, Maker Say Patches Won't Prevent Pregnancy


The FDA-approved patch product is 1¾ inches square, beige in color, made of a thin film, and comes packaged in a sealed, opaque, white pouch with the product label attached to one side of the pouch. The lot number and expiration date for the product are printed on the attached label and on the backside of the pouch without the attached label.

The counterfeit product is 1½ inches square, brown in color, made of woven material, and has five holes that appear as red dots on the middle of the top side of the patch. This product also has a ¾ inch orange square resembling gauze under the plastic liner on the backside of the patch. The product does not come packaged in a sealed pouch and does not contain lot number or expiration date information.

Photos contrasting the legitimate contraceptive patch with the counterfeit are on display at the FDA's website:

Women who have been sent contraceptive patches lacking proper labeling or not having the appearance of the approved Johnson and Johnson Ortho Evra product as described above should not use the product and should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

To date the FDA has not received reports of any pregnancies linked to this product and distribution of the counterfeit products appears limited to this web site.

Consumers seeking to buy safe and effective drugs via the Internet should only purchase from Internet sites bearing the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal showing that they are in accordance with the National Boards of Pharmacy standards.

SOURCE: FDA news release.

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