More than 100 women who allegedly became pregnant after taking mislabeled birth control pills are suing four U.S. pharmaceutical companies.
The women want Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other companies that made or distributed the pills under various brand names to pay them for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost salaries and, in some cases, the cost of raising the children through age 18.
All but four of the 117 women involved became pregnant, and 94 gave birth.
The birth control pills contain hormones that prevent pregnancy. They are packaged to be taken in a specific order over a 28-day period.
The negligence lawsuit, filed last week in Philadelphia, charges that the pills were mixed up in the package so that taking them as instructed left them ineffective.
One of the companies recalled hundreds of thousands of packages of pills in 2011 because of the error.
Some information for this report came from AP.