This article at The Atlantic's website had me in shock, not only at the details of the alleged negligence of a major birth control manufacturer, but also at the Food and Drug Administration's lack of legal authority to require the company to issue a recall and notify the public. The author also raises some interesting questions about the allowable damages for women who became pregnant while taking erroneously packaged placebo pills: Should they be compensated for the cost to carry the child to term? What about the cost to carry the child and rear it to adulthood?
This is yet another case that clearly demonstrates that the FDA should be granted more regulatory powers in regard to requiring recalls, and that the department needs an overhaul. The lack of expediency on this case was truly appalling.