Recalled Thyroid Medications Cause Concern

Recalled thyroid medications are in the news. Concerns about the quality of the medications from China are in question and have been recalled. Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC has instructed wholesalers to stop distributing specific products labeled  “Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP),” according to an August 9 release. Levothyroxine and Liothyronine are synthetic hormones contained in the thyroid tablets.

The recall follows a June 22 warning letter from the Food & Drug Administration to a Chinese pharmaceutical company which manufactured active ingredients in the recalled drug. The letter cited a number of failures, including ones relating to “established standards of quality and purity.”

This article by Joel Shannon was posted on USA Today.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/15/thyroid-medication-containing-levothyroxine-and-liothyronine-recalled/1003968002/

This article by Rolly Hoyt shares advice from Dr. Brendan Stack, a professor and head/neck surgeon at UAMS on how to handle this recall of thyroid medications.

“The pharmacies that are supplied these in bulk are asked to remove these drugs which are still within date off of their shelves,” Dr. Stack said.

If you are among the millions that use these drugs, the best advice is to make a phone call.

“I would recommend patients consider contacting their doctor and saying if they could get a new prescription or contacting their pharmacy and saying I have this generic form of thyroid hormone. I’m aware of this recall that’s taken place. Can I get a replacement or can I get a new supply?” Dr. Stack said.

You can read the full article here:

https://www.thv11.com/article/news/health/uams-throat-surgeon-explains-thyroid-drug-recall/91-585247116

 

Have a great week!

Corri

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