From Mary Shomon
RLC Labs, the manufacturer of the natural desiccated thyroid drugs Nature-Throid and Westhroid, announced today that their products are currently on back-order. In recent months, shortages of Armour Thyroid during their reformulation caused a large increase in demand for Nature-Throid and Westhroid (which are identical products). After patients reported problems with the reformulated Armour, and many experienced worsening symptoms, an additional demand was put on RLC as patients were switching from Armour Thyroid to Nature-throid and Westhroid. RLC has attempted to ramp up production, but a shortage of raw materials — the “Thyroid USP” desiccated powder that is the main active ingredient — has prevented the company from being able to meet the demand of its customer base, plus the addition of many patients who were formerly on Armour Thyroid.
According to company owner Rick Cox, with regarding to getting more natural desiccated thyroid drugs to market, “We are doing everything we can to move as quickly as we can, safely, to make it happen.” According to Cox, the company is estimating that they will have product availability within 90 days.