Recall Alert: FDA Warning About Two Thyroid Medications

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Certain batches of hypothyroid medications are being recalled by Westminster Pharmaceuticals after one of its Chinese suppliers failed a US Food and Drug Administration inspection. The medication in question contains a combination of levothyroxine, called LT4, and liothyronine, called LT3. Both are synthetic thyroid hormones used when a person’s thyroid gland is no longer functioning properly. “While we stand behind the quality of our product, we are taking the utmost precaution by recalling our Thyroid, USP Tablets only to the wholesale level due to a recent inspection by the FDA at one of our active ingredient manufacturers,” Westminster Pharmaceuticals owner and CEO Gajan Mahendiran said in a statement. The FDA inspected the Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co.’s manufacturing plant in October. In a letter dated June 22, the agency informed the Chinese company that the plant was not meeting its good manufacturing process standards. If the company fails to correct those issues, the letter warned, it could “result in FDA continuing to refuse admission of articles manufactured.” No adverse effects from these medications had been reported as of August 9, Westminster Pharmaceuticals said; instead, the lots were being recalled out of an abundance of caution. Because thyroid medications can treat serious disease, the FDA recommends that consumers continue to take the pills until they can contact their physici...
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Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research
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Source: The British Journal of Nutrition - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: Br J Nutr Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Endocrine Journal - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr J Source Type: research
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Source: Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Thyroid Source Type: research
ConclusionOur study for the first time revealed a strong correlation betweenMETTL3 mutations and AITD predisposition, implying thatMETTL3 may be a new candidate gene for AITD treatment.
Source: Endocrine - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism - Category: Physiology Authors: Tags: Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab Source Type: research
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