FDA Recalls More Meds Due to Contamination Risk
| Headline Health – Here’s a pop quiz for our astute readers – Westminster Pharmaceuticals are manufactured in:
a. London, UK
b. Westminster, CA
c. Westminster, Ohio
d. Westminster, Mass.
e. Westminster, Maryland
f. People’s Republic of China
Answer below …
(Mentalfloss) Hypothyroid medications manufactured by Westminster Pharmaceuticals have been recalled after it was discovered that one of the company’s Chinese suppliers failed to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.
The oral tablets contain levothyroxine (LT4) and liothyronine (LT3), which are both synthetic hormones used to treat thyroid conditions.
The medicine was recalled as a precaution after it was discovered during a 2017 FDA inspection that the Chinese supplier in question, Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co., was not practicing good manufacturing practices. Read the full story at Mentalfloss.
Thyroid medications recalled due to risk of impurities
Sandee LaMotte, CNN – Certain batches of hypothyroid medications are being recalled by Westminster Pharmaceuticals after one of its Chinese suppliers failed a US Food and Drug Administration inspection.
The medication in question contains a combination of levothyroxine and liothyronine. Both are synthetic thyroid hormones used when a person’s thyroid gland is no longer functioning properly.
“While we stand behind the quality of our product, we are taking the utmost precaution by recalling our Thyroid, USP Tablets only to the wholesale level due to a recent inspection by the FDA at one of our active ingredient manufacturers,” Westminster Pharmaceuticals owner and CEO Gajan Mahendiran said in a statement.
The FDA inspected the Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co.’s manufacturing plant in October. In a letter dated June 22, the agency informed the Chinese company that the plant was not meeting its good manufacturing process standards. Read the full story at CNN.
Note: Westminster Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Their website claims: “Our manufacturing team strives each day to offer the most affordable and safest products to all healthcare providers while committing to being a reliable supply chain partner. Westminster Pharmaceuticals brings a level of consistent excellence throughout the research and development process solidifying excellence behind each of its products.” China is mentioned nowhere on their website. – EDITOR