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Levothyrox: Nearly half of the boxes sold in two days

The drug agency still has a stock of 60 000 boxes, which could be available by the end of the week.

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Levothyrox: Nearly half of the boxes sold in two days
The old formula of Levothyrox is acclaimed. Nearly half of 130 000 boxes available since Monday was sold in two days, said National Drug Safety Agency (ANSM), Wednesday, October 4.

Imported from Germany, old formula of this thyroid medicine is available under name of Euthyrox in pharmacies since beginning of week. The Euthyrox, like Levothyrox, is manufactured by German laboratory Merck.

According to figures collected on Tuesday night, nearly 60 000 boxes were sold. "So re are 70 000 boxes for patients who will be able to dispose of m in coming days," said ANSM.

"In addition, re is a stock of 60 000 additional boxes that could be made available by end of week," says ANSM, who "works with Merck lab to enable or Euthyrox supplies."

Or brands

"In consultation with health professionals," health agency had recommended that physicians prescribe Euthyrox only, and "last resort", to patients who complain of persistent side effects (cramps, headaches, dizziness, Hair loss) that y attribute to new Levothyrox.

"From second half of October, patients will have Levothyrox or brands — not called Levothyrox — but I remind all Frenchmen that new formula is better is more stable," said Minister of Health, Agnes, on Wednesday. Buzyn. The Minister encourages those who have no problems not to change medication.

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