Synthroid (Levothyroxine sodium) is a synthetic thyroid hormone replacement drug that is the common treatment for hypothyroidism, a medical condition in which a person's thyroid gland does not produce sufficient thyroid hormone. More than eight million patients in the United States take levothyroxine sodium daily.
Current research on Synthroid indicates that the drug can increase the risk of coronary problems in patients with cardiovascular disorders such as angina, coronary artery disease and hypertension. Additionally, dosage problems associated with Synthroid may cause patients to exhibit more intense symptoms of their thyroid disease.
Consumer Marketing Concerns
--Attempted to prevent the publication of a study which showed that Synthroid and some less expensive generic levothyroxine sodium products were bioequivalent, meaning that for many patients the less expensive option would work just as well;
--Made deceptive claims that Synthroid was a reference product or the standard for --levothyroxine sodium products, and was unique or superior to competing brands of levothyroxine sodium products.
--Made deceptive claims that no other competing brand was equivalent to or useful in place of Synthroid.
The safety or efficacy of Synthroid or any other synthetic thyroid hormone replacement product was never an issue and individuals who are currently taking the product should not stop taking it because of the marketing concerns. However, individuals who use the product should continue their current medically recommended regimen unless they are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms. Should you or a loved one experience side effects, immediately contact your physician.
If you or a loved one have or are currently taking Synthroid and wish to discuss your legal rights, are interested in more information on Synthroid, or if you have information about a case that you would like to share with us, please contact the law offices of Keller & Keller LLP for a free consultation concerning your potential rights. Keller & Keller LLP has office locations in Indiana, Michigan and New Mexico and will be able to evaluate your potential case at no cost to you.