Federal drug regulator notifies public of risky thyroid drugs

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2018 | Workers' Compensation, Wrongful Death |

Many American consumers trust and rely on pharmaceutical drug makers to design and produce medicines that keep us healthy, active and pain-free. But what happens when these drug makers fail to produce medications that are safe for human consumption? Throughout recent personal injury law history, there have been numerous lawsuits related to catastrophic injuries and death that have resulted from the ingestion of dangerous medications.

One recent case of a potentially dangerous drug relates to a medication known as levothyroxine and liothyronine. This drug, produced by Westminster Pharmaceuticals, is important for many Americans who rely on it to treat their hypothyroidism conditions caused by their poorly functioning thyroid organs, which don’t produce the correct amount of thyroid hormone. Levothyroxine (LT4) and liothyronine (LT3) offer a synthetic type of thyroid hormone to bring patients’ bodies back into balance.

The problem is, according to a recent notice released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Chinese drug component manufacturer that supplies Westminster Pharmaceuticals with ingredients it uses to produce LT4 and LT3, does not meet the strict manufacturing standards of the FDA. The FDA has barred entry of this manufacturer’s products into the United States until it complies with U.S. federal drug manufacturing standards. In the meantime, out of caution to protect its customers from harm Westminster Pharmaceuticals has recalled 37 lots of these drugs, which it sells in various sizes.

If you or your family member is taking levothyroxine and liothyronine, it’s important to discuss this recall with your family doctor immediately to find an adequate replacement for your medication. If you believe you may have suffered injury as a result of taking these – and especially if you think a close loved one has died because of a deadly medication – reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.