Here is an article that was posted in a note on a friend’s facebook page. It didn’t have a source so I googled the title and found the same article here: http://www.healthfreedom.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=878
I also found this on the Care2 site: http://www.care2.com/news/member/410531040/1237339
So hold tight and look online to see if you can find anything else about this – it is surprising that there isn’t a ton out there on this yet, so it’s possible this will turn out to be just some rumor.
You might consider calling your doctor if you are worried about the supply of your thyroid medication, I have heard that several areas are having shortages of various types of natural thyroid medications. More on that is on the Synthroid Haters blog referenced at the bottom of this post.
FDA Attacks Natural Thyroid Millions Depend On
We have learned that Time-Cap Labs, producer of a generic version of the brand name drug Armour, a natural and bioidentical thyroid replacement, has been ordered by the FDA to stop production. The FDA has decided to classify the company’s product, available for over a century, as an unapproved new drug. Since the new drug approval process is prohibitively expensive for a non-patentable substance, the FDA is in effect banning the natural product. The purpose? Presumably to protect the profits of other, inferior drugs that have been FDA approved.
According to statistics by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and other medical organizations, approximately twenty-seven million Americans have a thyroid disorder. Thyroid consumer advocate Mary Shomon projects that 2 million of these patients take either Armour Thyroid or a generic equivalent.
Armour and other “whole” natural thyroid preparations (including Westhroid and Nathroid as well as Time-Cap Lab’s Thyroid) are bio-identical, complete hormone preparations, containing “T4” “T3” “T2” and “T1” in the same proportions made by the human thyroid.
The FDA approved preparations Synthroid (T4), Cytomel (T3), and Levethyroxine (T4) include bio-identical molecules, but are not complete or totally bio-identical as they do not contain “T2” or “T1”. It’s no wonder so many people feel much better with the balanced natural products that have been available for generations.
As famed physician Dr. Jonathan Wright observes: “Natural thyroid has never killed or severely harmed anyone since its first use in the 1890s, prior to the FDA itself. It is a mainstay not only in the treatment of hypothyroidism but also in ‘healthy aging’ therapy. That the FDA should even be thinking of requiring a new drug approval for a safe, 100 plus year old natural treatment is outrageous.”
We will report further as soon as we confirm more of the facts, and as always, we’ll let you know how you can get involved.
September 1, 2009
I don’t usually have a reason to write much about thyroid medication or hypothyroidism on this blog, but considering that I have to take daily thyroid medication and have been doing so since I was 22, I have been worried about the shortages that are going on right now with various natural dessicated thyroid treatments. If the FDA really did tell a producer of a necessary drug to stop production and file an NDA, I am curious what the exact reason was. This may not be so pretty for all the patients who suddenly have to try and switch to something else and have problems if they don’t find out until their prescription needs to be refilled.
I know after just a couple of days without thyroid medication I start getting very tired, and if you take nothing it could eventually cause your body to completely shut down (not sure how long this takes, but that’s what I was told. Who knows?? Anyone out there know?).
Many patients taking antidepressants etc. are also misdiagnosed and have underlying thyroid problems which are also exacerbated by the psychotropic drugs. Hypothyroidism is a major underlying cause of depression.
If you have hypothyroidism and take Armour Thyroid, it is probably time to ask about a different medication. I recently started taking NatureThroid instead of Armour. I checked at the pharmacy tonight and locally, my pharmacy has plenty of NatureThroid but has been completely out of Armour for quite some time.
Here is a blog that follows the Thyroid news all over the web and covers news from STTM and Mary Shomon: http://synthroidhaters.wordpress.com/ (To explain the title of the blog: in a nutshell, many patients have inadequate symptom relief from Synthroid and choose to go on a medication with more than one type of thyroid hormone).