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August 1st, 2011
04:14 PM ET

FDA warns of counterfeit 'morning-after' pill

The Food and Drug Administration says the emergency "morning after" birth control pill Evital could be counterfeit and may not be safe or prevent pregnancy. The agency is asking women not to use the medication.

Evital is not approved for use in the United States.  But the FDA says, while it doesn't have evidence of "pattern targeting" of a specific ethnic group, the drug may have been distributed in Hispanic communities under the label "Evital Anticonceptivo de emergencia, 1.5mg, 1 tablet by Fluter Domull."

"Evital was discovered through routine imports entry review and we are currently working to find out more about this apparently illegal U.S. distribution of what FDA suspects is a counterfeit product," said FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess.

The FDA is asking consumers to contact their doctor if they've taken the pills and had any side effects. It also is asking anyone with information about the pills to contact their Center for Drug Evaluation and Research/Ingredient Adulteration (CDER). Any information gathered will be used to get Evital off the market.

Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. Common brands are Plan B One-Step, Next Choice and ella. The drug can cost from $10 to $70 depending on the brand.

FDA-approved emergency birth control is available with a prescription and over-the-counter if you are at least 17 years old.

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  1. kadaverdog

    alright!! im the one to comment on this!!!

    August 1, 2011 at 20:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • giggity.giggity

      and i am the first one to comment on you first comment!

      August 2, 2011 at 00:36 | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Do you want a cookie or something?

      You're the one to comment on this or you're the first one to comment on this...

      August 2, 2011 at 02:12 | Report abuse |
  2. Baby maker 5000

    Oh crap Juanita is gonna be p*ssed

    August 1, 2011 at 20:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Random

      Did someone say cookie?

      August 2, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
  3. Jeremy

    The CIA distributed the pill in Hispanic communities in order to boost the Hispanic population in the United States. With more citizens in need of state or federal assiatance, the government can justify increasing taxes to the middle class while also raising the nations debt ceiling.

    August 1, 2011 at 20:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name

      You are awesome. Ever consider writing a screenplay?

      August 1, 2011 at 20:55 | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Jeremy - the FDA has just discovered your tin foil hat is counterfeit

      August 1, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
    • hntrfmhades

      wait..... there is counterfeit aluminum beanies out there? no wonder my brain feels microwaved, sheesh

      August 2, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Wow... that's either a good joke, or reaching... really... REALLY... far. lol @ the CIA distributing fake morning-after pills. That's awesome.

      August 2, 2011 at 04:10 | Report abuse |
    • Fake tinfoil

      The government has been distributing fake tinfoil. It's all made of aluminum now so it cannot block their mind control rays.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:30 | Report abuse |
  4. 21k

    get used to news like this. we probably won't have an fda in about a year.

    August 1, 2011 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Random

      Does this mean that they will stop banning stivia in Cola?

      August 2, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    What people won't do for money, and to target an ethnic group is even more atrocious.

    August 1, 2011 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hntrfmhades

      this all part of clever govt experiment gone terribly wrong, sounds rather left wingish to me, they want MORE voters, illegal or not.

      August 2, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse |
  6. jared from mo.

    thats great more kids that will grow up and not get ne jobs and b thugs the rest of their life and build an inferior race...good job fda for catchin that potential problem

    August 1, 2011 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. alison

    All companies use age groups, ethnic groups and target them to make money off their products. This is not anything new

    August 1, 2011 at 22:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Weensy

      Except it's not even a real morning after pill.

      August 1, 2011 at 22:50 | Report abuse |
    • Fake tinfoil

      Weensie,

      They said it MIGHT be counterfeit. It sounds to me like they are just trying to scare people into not using it.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:32 | Report abuse |
  8. clearfog

    You take a pill and then you have a counterfeit morning? I'm glad they warned me about this. What does the pill look like?

    August 1, 2011 at 22:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Emelia Kanson

    Here's a crazy idea; if you don't want to have a kid, be a little more careful to begin with. Condoms, anyone? Don't do things that make a kid if you don't want a kid.

    August 1, 2011 at 22:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*

      Tell your boyfriends

      August 1, 2011 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, right, Emelia. Because condoms NEVER break, do they?

      August 1, 2011 at 23:12 | Report abuse |
    • hntrfmhades

      tie the tubes off, sheesh, then it won't be an issue, regardless of what group you are in.

      August 2, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
  10. Baby maker 5000

    They should start making magum in lambskin, would help tremendously in my case.

    August 1, 2011 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • D

      They do make magnums in latex alternatives. But they are typically only found online on erotica websites. Hope this helps.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
  11. James Doerrer

    What about a veterinary ringworm product known as Fulvicin. Seems to me this works great because it has a warning on the label that says do not use on a cat that is pregnant, It might cause it ti abort the pregnancy. (it does the same on humans)

    August 1, 2011 at 22:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hntrfmhades

      yeah every woman should take them to keep from having kittens. Giving birth to other species is always embarrassing in the delivery room.

      August 2, 2011 at 00:31 | Report abuse |
    • Baaaa...by

      Mary had a little lamb... The doctor was surprised.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  12. Andrew

    Ever since the FDA classified walnuts as illegal drugs because as long as Diamond Foods were quoting scientific studies as to the health benefits of eating nuts, how am I supposed to take the FDA seriously again?

    August 1, 2011 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      WHat? What the f are you talking about?

      August 1, 2011 at 23:11 | Report abuse |
    • hntrfmhades

      when you decided, back in the day, to take the FDA seriously, you failed in this life

      August 2, 2011 at 00:33 | Report abuse |
    • Marine5484

      What? What drugs are you on.....you know the ones that are actually illegal.

      August 2, 2011 at 00:40 | Report abuse |
    • FDA is nuts

      Andrew is correct:

      http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/ucm202825.htm

      August 2, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
  13. Emelia Kanson

    Didn't say that. Insert me rolling my eyes here. Just saying, if these women didn't want to get themselves pregnant, they could be a bit more careful and then this type of pill wouldn't be wasting our time anymore.

    August 1, 2011 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • hntrfmhades

      emeila? you sound like you need to get laid more, and remember your state of mind when you do.

      August 2, 2011 at 00:34 | Report abuse |
  14. Karla

    Probably created by some psychotic right wing lunatic group trying "save the babies", none of whom they will lift a finger to help once it is actually born.

    August 2, 2011 at 00:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Teresa*

    THE FDA IS CORRUPT ................. FINALLY THE DO THEIR FREAKING JOB AND PROTECT US .........GOOD JOB RETARDS ....................

    August 2, 2011 at 00:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Please give examples of this, with solid proof. I have heard dozens and dozens of people try to make this claim, yet, not a single one of them can provide proof of any kind. The FDA serves a purpose. It may be imperfect, but one thing I have a hard time believing is that it's corrupt.

      Reminds me of the people that also make ridiculous claims about vaccines. That though, is FAR more dangerous.

      August 2, 2011 at 04:16 | Report abuse |
  16. QuietStormX

    It makes sense. I suspect that people who do speak english or low wage don't know or haven't read what is what of the real stuff.

    August 2, 2011 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cosmictwang

      Yeah, those uneducated idiots totally cant do the complicated chemical tests required to tell what some white pill an unscrupulous drug company stamped a random label on. How stupid do you have to be to have a degree in chemistry with analytical experience.

      August 2, 2011 at 09:12 | Report abuse |
  17. paganguy

    This must be done by the religious right; they oppose all forms of contraception. But then they complain about the population explosion of Latinos.

    August 2, 2011 at 03:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Avser Bastian

    GOVERNMENT "AFTERLIFE" FLASH MOB OR REAL SHOOTING IN UTOYA, NORWAY !!? stateofterror.blogspot.com/ or stateofterror.wordpress.com/ TEARS OF SORROW AND PAIN ON FACES OF MOURNERS OR TEAR GAS AND THEATER/HYPOCRISY ON FACES OF MULTICULTURALISM MANIACS !!? NORWEGIAN OSLO POLICE or COMMUNIST/LIBERAL CRIMINALS IN BLUE UNIFORMS WHO WERE PREPARING FOR TERROR AGAINST NORWAY ALREADY HALF DECADE AHEAD !!? No doubt about bombing in Oslo, but what about shooting in Utoya which was no different from the one in Arizona !!!? WILL THERE BE OBAMINATOR MORALES'S APOCALYPSE NOW OR TOTAL WAR AGAINST NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism) !!? STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK(90 minutes vs 30 and for government vehicles or police even 20 minutes the most) !!!

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/

    COMMUNISM(Slowenien/Slovenia) IN CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com or http://easterneuropetoday.wordpress.com/

    August 2, 2011 at 04:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • What?

      Did you have a point, or did you just want to string random phrases together then link your websites?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
  19. cosmictwang

    These are the funniest article comments I've read recently.

    August 2, 2011 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. AlwaysTri

    Maybe it's just me, but I'd be slightly wary of taking any pill that was being "distributed" in my community.

    August 2, 2011 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Kay

    that explains why I'm pregnant.

    August 2, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. huh

    Dammit man just get a shot a couple months a year and you wont have to worry bout morning after pills or remembering to use condoms or taking a pill everyday

    August 2, 2011 at 16:11 | Report abuse | Reply
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