Taiwan FDA orders recall of birth-control pills after failed test

The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a local pharmaceutical company to recall some of its birth-control pills on Wednesday after a failed stability test raised questions about their quality.

The agency said Winston Medical Supply Co., manufacturer of Winstop T/28 F.C. Tablets, must complete the recall of 3 million pills in four batches -- ST-18A01, ST-18B01, ST-19A01, and ST-19B01 -- by Jan. 14.

The Taiwan FDA said a stability test conducted by the company had found that a main compound in those contraceptives, which should range from 90 percent to 110 percent, was under the minimum requirement.

The result suggested that the efficacy of the drug could be undermined, the Taiwan FDA said, adding that the company should also submit by Jan. 14 its review on the recall and follow-up measures to prevent similar incidents from happening.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel