Compounding Pharmacy Fills Prescriptions for Scarce Armour Thyroid

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The manufacturer of Armour Thyroid has been unable to meet the needs of patients in the US. Compounding pharmacists can compound armour thyroid. Creative Compounds, an Oregon compounding pharmacy is filling prescriptions for Armour Thyroid.

Armour Thyroid, a natural hormone medication used to help regulate the bodies' most basic functions, is suddenly unavailable due to a shortage. "Many people don't realize that our compounding pharmacies are able to order the powdered hormone to make an Armour substitute," said Denise Burnham, pharmacist and owner of Creative Compounds in Wilsonville, Oregon, who is getting calls from pharmacies, patients and doctors.

Physicians prescribed Armour Thyroid to treat hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce the right amount of hormones. Symptoms can include a combination of achy joints, hair loss, constipation, temperature intolerance, weight gain, heart palpitations, sluggishness and even depression.

Compounding pharmacists can make an equivalent to Armour Thyroid that is the same strength, with the same active ingredient, and with the same results for patients. A popular treatment for hypothyroidism, Armour Thyroid has been used to combat hypothyroidism since the early 1900's. It contains two different thyroid hormones and other glandular components taken from pigs and works better for many patients who cannot tolerate, or don't receive satisfactory results from synthetic alternatives.

The manufacturer of Armour, Forest Pharmaceuticals nor the FDA have given a reason for the shortage. And, practitioners do not know when the product might be available. "I have tried to contact pharmacies and practitioners in our area to let them know we can produce the Armour Thyroid their patients need, for as long as they need it," Burnham said.

So until the mystery is solved, consumers are encouraged to check their local compounding pharmacies for a safe and alternative option for their hypothyroid conditions.

Denise Burnham, R.Ph., has dedicated more than 20 years to the pharmacy profession. After graduation from Oregon State University in 1984, she worked ten years at OHSU as a clinical specialist for transplant patients, a critical care satellite pharmacist, part-time in drug information and a staff pharmacist. In 1997 after helping a clinic with compounds needs, Denise decided to go into compounding full time. She received her training in compounding from PCCA* and goes yearly for updated training. Denise is dedicated to helping solve patients' unique medication problems. Visit Creative Compounds at For interview contact Inspired Media Communications at 503-678-1356 or visit


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