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Thyroid, Desiccated

Basics

Name

Thyroid, Desiccated

Pronunciation

(THYE roid DES i kay tid)

Brand Names: US

  • Armour Thyroid
  • Nature-Throid
  • NP Thyroid
  • Westhroid
  • WP Thyroid

Therapeutic Category

  • Thyroid Product

Medication Safety Issues

Geriatric Patients: High-Risk Medication:

Beers Criteria: Desiccated thyroid is identified in the Beers Criteria as a potentially inappropriate medication to be avoided in patients 65 years and older (independent of diagnosis or condition) due to concerns for cardiac effects; safer alternatives available (Beers Criteria [AGS 2019]).

Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA): Desiccated thyroid is identified as a high-risk medication in patients 65 years and older on the PQA’s, Use of High-Risk Medications in the Elderly (HRM) performance measure, a safety measure used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicare plans (PQA 2017).

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