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Levothyroxine sodium recalled, may be unavailable until 2014

I saw this in Endrocine Today (4/1/13)

The American Thyroid Association has acknowledged a recall of levothyroxine sodium, according to a statement on their website. The drug may not be available until 2014.

http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/thyroid/news/online/%7B64E3B636-0697-4A33-B038-BDB865DDE543%7D/Levothyroxine-sodium-recalled-may-be-unavailable-until-2014
Tags: Thyroid, levothyroxine, Endrocine Today
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Notice the date of this report.  April 1st.  April Fools Day.

I am suspicious of this as an April fools day prank.

But who knows.
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It looks like the real thing to me.  Thanks for the info, CC9.
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I am surprised by the lack of comments here. Anyway it looks like its only the Levoxyl brand by Pfizer.

"The ATA has asked health care providers to consider the shortage in their practice patterns and plan for managing patients that are currently taking levothyroxine sodium (Levoxyl, Pfizer).

Last week, the ATA and drug manufacturer reported in a letter to health care providers and pharmacists that the manufacturer had halted shipping all strengths of the product as of February 13, 2013 and the backorder situation was currently being discussed with the FDA.

According to the latest letter to health care providers from King Pharmaceuticals LLC, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., a recall of levothyroxine sodium has begun at retail pharmacies due to complaints from pharmacists and patients of an “uncharacteristic odor” following the opening of some bottles. "
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Would like to hear more about what others take and how they "like" or "dislike" it compared to Levoxyl.  My endo had me on levoxyl because we tried levotyroxine (generic) for a year after my TT and my levels were up and down the whole time.  (He says it's due to the various fillers used in the generic from the various makers).  Which means I need to look at another type of med all together.  (Armour, synthroid, etc,)

Have an apt. Thursday and just want to go in with more information to discuss how to handle this with him.  (Endo left town to practice elsewhere and has not been replaced, so now I'm left hoping my GP can get / keep me level without the levoxyl!)

Thanks a bunch!

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If anyone hears more pecan confirm or disclaim that would be super to post.

C-
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*or can* oops
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The announcement certainly looks authentic and from what I can find, the first announcement was made on Mar 25 and apparently, Levoxyl is the only med affected - at least right now.

I know we have some members on Levoxyl, so if you don't have a good supply, you might want to talk to your doctor about a replacement.
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Take a look at the question of the month thread.  I hope we'll get some good comments.

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Thyroid-Disorders/Question-of-the-Month---April-2013/show/1925200
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UPDATE:

Levoxyl is already unavailable in the pharmacies I contacted locally this morning.  Apparently, the recall went out to them a couple of weeks ago, and they had to return everything they had in stock.

If your script is for Levoxyl without substitute, be aware that you will have to get a new script from your doctor for a replacement before you can refill your script.

Replacement of choice for any doctor who likes brand names will probably be Synthroid.  Synthroid had some supply issues a few months ago, but is more available again.  One pharmacy told me that 200 mcg were not available and could not be ordered.  They seemed to think they could get everything else at the moment.

I'd be very surprised if this didn't cause shortages, so plan ahead and don't leave refilling your script for the last minute.    
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Good points the posters above have made.  When we are so so reliant upon a medication and then suddenly it may be off the market, or in short supply, etc. it leaves a feeling of helplessness inside.  This is a great community to keep each other up to date on the latest happenings.

I take Synthroid name brand 112mcgs to survive (had a partial thyroidectomy and other side stopped working).  You would *think* they have this figured out (sigh).

C~
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I am on levothyroxine, 200mcg.  I was recently switched to an
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Sorry...
I was switched to another manufacturer a few weeks ago due to the current manufacturer not being able to meet supply needs.  I don't remember the name of the previous supplier.
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"When we are so so reliant upon a medication and then suddenly it may be off the market, or in short supply, etc. it leaves a feeling of helplessness inside."  I've gone through this with my vitamin B12 - can't get by without those shots, but can't get the medication when I need it. Scary.
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