For this reason, Germain, together with her boyfriend, decided to arrange urine pregnancy test, bought in the pharmacy Mall Plaza Los Dominicos. After 20 minutes he gave “two stripes” as a positivebut the couple considered it a mistake and gave it less importance.
The next day, a young Chilean woman decided to dispel her doubts and asked for an ultrasound to a gynecologist, who then she will confirm that she is indeed pregnant. “Congratulations, this is your baby,” the doctor said, adding that she was seven weeks and six days pregnant.
“I felt terribly guilty because I was drinking alcohol, taking birth control pills. All my life I lived normally … They took away the opportunity to decide when I will have a child.
Just June 27, 2023, a few months after the scheduled use of a branded contraceptive. marylow Chilean Germain, Institute of Public Health Chilean woman announces phasing out of oral contraceptives Recalcine laboratory (which was purchased in 2014 Abbottone of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Latin America) because a decrease in the effectiveness of its active ingredients was found affecting seven batches.
The victim of a defective contraceptive, Germaine herself, found out about it at her home in Limache, when the Chilean channel 13 reported on the withdrawal of the pills from the market and the alert issued by the ISP about a possible failure.
Then, Chilean student went to check the last two boxes of contraceptives which he did in March and April: both matched the lot number one of the ones mentioned (H220869).
“I cried because I didn’t want to be a mother at such a young age, I felt it was irresponsible. I was angry at the lab because I knew it wasn’t my fault, they were the ones who violated the contract. You buy a pill and you buy it to work. And in this case it didn’t work. They as a company violated me as a consumer.”– blurted out Germain.
6 marks in the scope
Genesis Germain (22) was not the only one affected by substandard oral contraceptives in Chile. Since 2020, more than 380 women have become pregnant due to brand-name pill failures: void CD (Ethinylestradiol, Levonorgestrel) laboratory production Andromache and Silesia German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal, Cyclomex 20 C, Minigest-15, Minigest-20, Marilov and Serenadesome of them are managed by public health services.
“The owners of sanitary registries have internally identified a quality defect and taken appropriate measures, among which voluntary withdrawal from the market stands out,” he said. explained to the Chilean press Jorge Cienfuegos, president of the College of Chemists and Pharmacists.
“This phenomenon does not occur in other countries. Neither the FDA (USA), nor the EMA (European Union), nor Anvisa (Brazil) have withdrawn this type of drug from the market. Thus, it is not an international or transversal issue that makes us suspicious of the quality of the products supplied.”he added.
Faced with an unwanted pregnancy, Germaine, who had just gotten pregnant from Marilow’s pill, thought she had alternatives, but voluntary abortion in Chile is still not a legal option:
This year Customer service Chilean man gets 19 pill-related complaints marylow The Recalcin Laboratory, today owned by Abbott, which was taken over by Germain.
About this panorama unwanted pregnancy for substandard contraceptives, much delivered in public hospitals, Miles Corporation, an organization that advocates and promotes people’s reproductive rights, Between 2020 and 2023, more than 380 people were admitted due to failed contraception. —previous batches of the indicated brands—.
“The psychosocial impact of an unplanned pregnancy has affected their lives.”they have risen from the space that legally accompanies them.
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