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Packing leads to recall of birth control pills

NEW YORK (AP) -- Drugmaker Glenmark Generics said Friday it is recalling seven lots of birth control pills because in some packages, the pills were in the wrong order. The company, based in India, didn't say how many pills or packages are being recalled. Glenmark said the pills were distributed between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30.

In some packages, blisters of pills were rotated so they were not in the proper sequence. The error also made the lot number and expiration date harder to see. The company said the recall applies to any blister package for which the lot number and expiration date are not visible. If the pills are taken out of order, they may not work. Glenmark's pills were intended to be taken in this order: seven off-white tablets, seven light blue tablets and seven blue tablets, followed by a week of green placebo pills.

Pfizer Inc., the largest drugmaker in the world, announced a similar recall on Feb. 1. The company pulled about 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 and its generic equivalent off the market, although it announced that only about 30 packets had the pills out of order.


Judge backs town ban on gas and oil drilling

ALBANY (AP) -- A state judge Friday upheld a central New York town's zoning ordinance banning oil and gas drilling, a second court victory this week for residents determined to keep natural gas development out of their back yards.

State Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio's decision upholds the Otsego County town of Middlefield's drilling ban. It comes after a decision Tuesday upholding a similar ban in Dryden in Tompkins County.

The Middlefield law was challenged by Cooperstown Holstein, which has gas leases on about 380 acres in the town.

The Dryden law was challenged by Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp.

Both lawsuits cited a law giving the state authority to regulate gas development. The judges both ruled that a ban on drilling is not regulation.

Industry lawyer Tom West said appeals are likely.