In 2009, thyroid patients on
DTE were thrown for a loop when the two major makers of dessicated thyroid
extract (DTE)—Armour and Nature-throid—both experienced mysterious
shortages and could not meet demand at the same moment. Many patients spent
hours on the phone, calling pharmacy after pharmacy to find a source of DTE.
Fortunately, compounding pharmacies were able to fill in, as they can make DTE
in any dose, using the same raw materials as Armour and Nature-throid (albeit
at a higher price).
Now Medicare has dropped
Armour Thyroid in favor of Big Pharma’s synthetic thyroid drugs. The agency
somehow concluded that Armour Thyroid posed a higher risk to patients,
recommending instead so-called “safer alternatives” that aren’t as effective
and are not as safe. This means any physician prescribing Armour to a Medicare
patient would put his or her license at risk. Of course, insurance companies
tend to follow in Medicare’s wake, if only because they administer Medicare and
find it convenient to run one system.
Send a message to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) and protest their dropping of Armour Thyroid.
Please personalize and add your own
comments if you have time!
Please Bring Back Armour Thyroid
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]