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9/22/08 12:19 A

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Ya its never fun when we're taken advantage of! But at least in this case something, however small, was done about it thanks to the FDA. Its why a fully capitalist, "hands off" deregulatory approach does not work. There's always gonna be someone misbehaving when money or power is involved.

Sometimes its just healthier to let injustices go and be thankful for your blessings...rise above it all.

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9/21/08 1:30 P

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Mzz? I don't know how well it's working. For some of us considering we overpaid for the meds by about 500 bucks getting only 74 when I'd been on it since like 1981 was not entirely a payback when you consider value of money over time. I filed the paperwork showing I should've gotten the 111 but I was one of those they wouldn't respond to. This was a big big stink and it sure got covered up and settled entirely too quickly and for millions less than it should've been. I believe that if they weren't regulated and inspected by the FDA they wouldn't worry so much about consistency...they never did before FDA started coming down hard on them and fining them.

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9/20/08 7:03 P

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Thanks for the info!

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9/20/08 6:16 P

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I am on Synthoid and will not take the generic. This is not an area that I am willing to look for a bargain, my dosage has to be very fine-tuned, and that will not happen with generics. The generic drugs are not "equal" to Syntroid in my case.

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9/20/08 5:43 P

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I remember participating in that class action suit. I got $111 from it and don't recall any participation fee or I don't think I would have sent in the application - that would have sounded too hinky for me.

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MZZCHIEF's Photo MZZCHIEF Posts: 9,039
9/20/08 2:20 P

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Its good to know our legal system of checks and balances is working.

That said, many people do not do well on generics.
The reason being that a pharmacy can switch manufacturers and often do, based on the generic with the lowest price. So when you go to get your script filled, you never know what manufacturere you're getting your meds from.

Why is this such a big deal?
Well, the potency from one generic to another varies. So does the base. Some people don't do as well with one med as they do with another for this reason.

Name brands.. Synthriod,Levoxyl, Armour, Westhroid... are more stringent in their manufacture and potency, because they have a brand name to protect. It kinda keeps em honest... and the batches consistant from one to another.

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LABONTEGAL43's Photo LABONTEGAL43 Posts: 417
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AHHH so you joined in yeah 5 0r 6 years for that 74 what a rip off what did we do pay them the 27 $ for a participation fee? anyway it was better than nothing my concern was what this was all about ya know red lights flahed!

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and many of us only got the 74 when we should've gotten the 111!!!

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9/20/08 11:01 A

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I know and a lot of people didnt as you can see it was settled around 2000 but right now Im in the process of posting the important links associated to thyroid on that page lisa3973 prompted my memory with her ? on generic drugs as I said I havent seen any synthroid labels levothyroxine replaced it do you know of any one taking the original synthroid? any way I am going to post the links separate they will be helpful in one way or another to a lot of our ?? in here. Sorry you missed the boat on that one if I knew of sparkpeople back then yall would have been informed! ttyl

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So how do we get involved in this or is it too late? I never knew anything about this!

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9/20/08 10:37 A

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I was involved in this lawsuit and decided to post this in case some of my team members are unaware of it also this page includes some great links re:thyroid disease and alternate treatments I hope you will get something out of this to answer questions you have also after this settlement was closed and payouts were distributed my reimbursement was 74.00 as you can see the total number of people that were involved AMAZING how many people out there with thyroid diseases hope yall get something from this info good luck and enjoy feel free to message me or stop by my page if you have any ?
Synthroid Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Approved
Consumers Who Filed to Receive $74 to $111 Each in 2000
By Mary Shomon, About.com
Created: December 13, 2003
August 2000 -- On Tuesday, August 8, 2000, Knoll Pharmaceutical Company announced that Judge Elaine Bucklo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois gave final approval of a settlement of the Synthroid class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit resulted from an investigation, which began in 1996, that alleged that Knoll Pharmaceuticals and parent company BASF were violating consumer protection laws by attempting to prevent publication of the results of a research study showing that generic and competitive brand name levothyroxine drugs were equivalent to the Synthroid brand. Levothyroxine drugs such as Synthroid are used to treat hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid condition.
The proceeds from an escrow account, which as of June 30, 2000, contained approximately $91 million plus interest (less attorneys' fees and costs) will be paid to consumers who have filed as part of the lawsuit and agree to release all claims against Knoll. A total amount of approximately $46 million plus interest (less attorneys' fees and costs) will be paid to third party payer class members who release all claims against Knoll, as well as consumer settlement class members.

According to Knoll, an estimated 778,000 consumers will receive payments of about $111 each if they began taking Synthroid before 1/1/95 and about $74 each if they began taking Synthroid after 1/1/95. It's estimated that payments will be received before the end of the year if no appeals are filed.

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