UPDATE: As of 2/7/2014, a commenter on my blog states they were able to obtain 100 mcg pills of levoxyl at their Rite Aid pharmacy in Pittsburgh. They placed the order in the morning and pharmacist had them ready at the end of the day. Great news. Scroll down to see the full comment and please leave your comments below once you have obtained levoxyl in your area too.
Rumors are flying that levoxyl is now back on the shelves and available for patient purchase. I want to clarify this speculation and provide the most accurate and up to date information that I am able to find. Here is the information I was able to gather in conversation with a Pfizer representative on January 31, 2014:
* Pfizer states that levoxyl will resume manufacturing during the first quarter of 2014, meaning January, February, or March of 2014.
* Pfizer has not yet resumed production of levoxyl.
* When Pfizer resumes production of levoxyl, there is some lag time between the production and when it becomes available in a pharmacy. It must first go through the packaging and resale process.
* Wholesalers must stock up on the product first before shipping it to pharmacies. Distribution is the role of the wholesalers and not of Pfizer, who is the manufacturer. Therefore, for example, Pfizer does not know whether CVS vs Walgreens will have the product first. However, the representative I spoke with said, “There should be no shortage issues once it is readily available.”
* Action Item: Follow this link to the levoxyl website. You can enter your name and email address where it says: “If you would like us to notify you once we resolve this supply issue, please enter your contact information below.”
I know this shortage has impacted thyroid cancer patients, as well as others with Graves’ disease, Hasimoto’s disease, and other hypothyroid and hyperthyroid conditions. Hang tight and I will continue to update you on any information I can find. Also, please leave comments below if you have any additional information pertaining to the manufacturing of levoxyl.
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