The Food and Drug Administration has recalled two types of thyroid medications linked to various side effects and health dangers, including heart problems.
Beware: Thyroid Medications Recalled
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a recall of two thyroid medications, because they pose health dangers to consumers. Acella Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of NP Thyroid 15 and NP Thyroid 120, voluntarily recalled these medications because testing found the lots to be sub-potent. Testing showed that these thyroid medications may contain less than 87% of levothyroxine, one of two active ingredients used to treat hypothyroidism.
Patients treated for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) may experience signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism if medications are sub-potent. Symptoms in adults often include:
- Fatigue and depression
- Dry skin and/or puffy face
- Hair loss
- Slowed heart rate
- Swelling of the thyroid gland and unexplained weight gain
When hypothyroidism occurs in pregnant women and newborn infants, serious health risks such as early miscarriage, fetal hyperthyroidism, and/or impairments to fetal neural and skeletal development can occur. In elderly patients and patients with underlying cardiac disease, heart problems such as heart pain, heart palpitations, and cardiac arrhythmia can occur. Medical malpractice lawyers commonly see more serious injuries caused by medication recalls linked to pregnant women and elderly adults.
Recalled thyroid medications include NP Thyroid 15 tablets, USP, ¼ grain (15 mg), Lot No. M327E19-1, NDC No. 42192-327-01, expiration date October 2020, and NP Thyroid 120 tablets, USP, 2 grain (120 mg), Lot No. M328F19-3, NDC No. 42192-328-01, expiration date November 2020. Medications with “use by date” “expiration date,” and “discard after date” beyond December 2020 are not impacted by the recall.
To date, Acella Pharmaceuticals has received four reports of adverse events for their NP thyroid medications, however, this is the second recent recall related to thyroid drug deficiencies. In September, RLC Labs recalled 483 lots of Nature-Throid and WP Thyroid medications.
Patients currently taking NP Thyroid medications from lots being recalled are urged not to discontinue taking the drugs without contacting their healthcare provider first for a replacement prescription and/or further medical guidance.
Concerned consumers with questions about the recall can contact Acella Pharmaceuticals or the FDA directly. Consumers who suffer complications and/or injuries from recalled NP thyroid medications may have an actionable case with a medical malpractice lawyer when certain conditions apply. A medical malpractice lawyer can review injury circumstances and gather vital information needed to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.