When your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone, this can result in hypothyroidism. The thyroid’s job is to control how the body uses the energy from food in a process that’s called metabolism. Metabolism can affect things like your body temperature, heartbeat, as well as how well you burn calories (this is likely the context you’ve heard of metabolism). If you have low levels of the thyroid hormone, in order to remedy it you can take a hypothyroid medication that replaces or adds more thyroid hormone. Unfortunately, there are cheap prescriptions out there that are being recalled after a failed US Food and Drug Administration inspection.
Cheap Prescriptions for Hypothyroidism—A Recall
According to an article on CNN, there were batches of hypothyroid medications that are now being recalled after a Chinese supplier failed a US Food and Drug Administration inspection. The medicine that is being called into question is a combination of levothyroxine and liothyronine, which are both used when a patient cannot produce the proper amount of the thyroid hormone.
The FDA inspected the Chinese supplier’s manufacturing plant back in October 2017 and released a letter dated June 22 informing the company that the plant was not meeting the manufacturing process standards that are required. They also warned in the letter that if they failed to correct the issues that were outlined that they could refuse admission of articles manufactured.
Although so far there have been no adverse effects from the medications from this particular manufacturer as of August 9, the cheap prescriptions are being recalled in order to take extra precautions for patients who require the medication. The recall affects 37 unexpired lots of levothyroxine and liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) 15, 30, 60, 90 and 120 milligrams.
If you or a loved one was taking one of the recalled medications, the advice from the FDA is to continue to take the medication but to contact their physician as soon as possible so that they can follow up on their next steps. The company is also reaching out to wholesale customers to request that they stop filling prescriptions with the faulty medications.
Questions or concerns can be addressed by visiting the FDA website or by contacting the Westminster’s Regulatory Affairs Department at 888-354-9939.
What Happens if I Skip My Thyroid Medication?
Although a recall on medication is enough to make anyone jumpy, you shouldn’t skip your medication—even if you feel fine. There are many risks associated with not taking your thyroid medication including the following:
- Elevated cholesterol
- Low body temperature
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Muscle weakness
- Inability to lose or gain weight
- Enlarged thyroid
- Heat intolerance and sweating
- High blood pressure
- Nervousness, anxiety, panic attacks
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your physician immediately for advice on alleviating symptoms.
Cherry Street Pharmacy can help you understand any recalls or questions about your thyroid medications. If you need to discuss any concerns about your medications, please stop in today to speak with our on-duty pharmacist.