FDA recalls thyroid tablets

FDA recalls two thyroid medications

The Food and Drug Administration said earlier this month that Levothyroxine and Liothyronine tablets in does of 15 mcg, 30 mcg, 60 mcg, 90 mcg and 120 mcg are being recalled as a precaution. "There have been no reports of any adverse events because of this, but this manufacturer has been known to have some impurities in their drugs, so the FDA has looked at that and said, 'For now, to be safe, don't use these'".

The medication in question contains a combination of levothyroxine, called LT4, and liothyronine, called LT3.

Patients taking these medications however are instructed to continue taking them until they have been given a replacement. Lower standards of manufacturing process can put the preparation at risk says the FDA.


A full list of recalled products is available from the FDA.

The Chinese maker of one of the ingredients in the drugs was found to have deficient manufacturing practices in a 2017 inspection, according to the FDA.

The ingredients used to make these tablets have been found to be sourced before the FDA's Import Alert of Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Both are synthetic thyroid hormones used when a person's thyroid gland is no longer functioning properly. The company is reaching out to all wholesale customers to ask them to stop filling prescriptions with the affected pills, which are sold in 100-count bottles.

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