Health Canada is advising consumers that it has received reports that some packages of the Alesse birth control pill contain broken tablets or pills that are smaller than normal, potentially making the medication less effective. The government says it has learned of complaints that in packages of both Alesse 21 and Alesse 28, there has been at least one pill that is roughly half the size of the others. It says the reduced size may also reduce the medication’s effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. Health Canada says the complaints involved a package of Alesse 21, which contains 21 active birth control pills that expires in August 2018, and a package of Alesse 28, which contains 21 active birth control pills and seven tablets that don’t contain hormones, which expires in April 2019.
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