Sofia Vergara Encourages Individuals with Hypothyroidism to "Follow the
National Empowerment Campaign with AbbVie Focuses on Hypothyroidism and the
Importance of Patient-Physician Dialogue
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 17, 2013
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --(NYSE: ABBV)-
Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara is helping to raise awareness about the
importance of diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism, a thyroid condition that
affects millions of Americans, through a new campaign called "Follow the
Script." The campaign, made possible by AbbVie, aims to educate individuals
with hypothyroidism about the importance of being consistent with the
treatment their doctor prescribes, and provides a "script" to ensure they
consistently receive the medication prescribed by their doctor when they visit
"In 2000, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to have my thyroid
removed. As a result, I have a hypothyroid condition and need to take medicine
to treat it," said Vergara. "In my career, I'm known to ad lib and go
off-script-but not when it comes to my health. I make sure to 'Follow the
Script' so I get exactly what my doctor prescribed. This is so important to
me, because you can't enjoy what you have without your health."
To help increase awareness about hypothyroidism, connect with the
hypothyroidism community, and encourage others to take an active role in their
health, Sofia shares her story at www.followthescriptcampaign.com. The "Follow
the Script" website also features interactive polls, symptom and treatment
information, helpful 'scripts' for speaking with your doctor and pharmacist,
as well as stories and videos from other individuals with hypothyroidism.
Visitors can also share their own experiences and learn how to become involved
as a Synthroid® (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) patient volunteer.
"AbbVie is proud to work with Sofia Vergara and support this education
campaign," said Maria Rivas, M.D., Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at
AbbVie, the makers of Synthroid. "Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that
can be managed with the right tools and information. The hope and aim of this
campaign is to increase awareness about hypothyroidism and empower patients to
engage in dialogue and work with their healthcare providers throughout their
Thyroid conditions affect an estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S.[i],
and are especially prevalent among women. Approximately one in every eight
women will develop a thyroid condition in her lifetime[ii]. Hypothyroidism, a
condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone,
can be managed with levothyroxine[iii].
"Your thyroid can affect the way you feel, look and sound," said Jordan L.
Geller, M.D., Vergara's endocrinologist. "I work with my patients to ensure
they understand their hypothyroidism diagnosis and the medication and dose
that are right for them."
The United States Food and Drug Administration has determined that some, but
not all, levothyroxine products are interchangeable. A levothyroxine product
that is not therapeutically equivalent may not have the same effect on a
patient's thyroid hormone levels. However, levothyroxine products that are
classified as therapeutically equivalent can be substituted with a physician's
SYNTHROID®(levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) is a prescription synthetic
thyroid hormone that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism. It is
intended to replace a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland.
Generally, thyroid replacement therapy is to be taken for life.
Important Safety Information
oThyroid hormones, including SYNTHROID, should not be used either alone or
in combination with other medicines for the treatment of obesity or weight
loss. In patients with normal thyroid levels, doses of SYNTHROID within
the typical range used for hormone replacement are not effective for
weight loss. Larger doses may result in serious or even life-threatening
effects, especially when used in combination with certain other drugs used
to reduce appetite.
oNotify your physician if you are allergic to any foods or medicines, are
pregnant or intend to become pregnant, are breast-feeding or are taking
any other medications, including prescription and over-the counter
oNotify your physician of any other medical conditions you may have,
particularly heart disease, diabetes, clotting disorders, and adrenal or
pituitary gland problems. Your dose of medications used to control these
other conditions may need to be adjusted while you are taking SYNTHROID.
If you have diabetes, monitor your blood and/or urinary glucose levels as
directed by your physician and immediately report any changes to your
physician. If you are taking anticoagulants (blood thinners), your
clotting status should be checked frequently.
oUse SYNTHROID only as prescribed by your physician. Do not discontinue or
change the amount you take, or how often you take it, unless directed to
do so by your physician.
oAgents such as iron and calcium supplements and antacids can decrease the
absorption of levothyroxine sodium tablets. Therefore, levothyroxine
sodium tablets should not be administered within 4 hours of these agents.
oTake SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) as a single dose,
preferably on an empty stomach, one-half to one hour before breakfast.
Levothyroxine absorption is increased on an empty stomach.
oNotify your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms:
rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, shortness of breath, leg cramps,
headache, nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, tremors, change in
appetite, weight gain or loss, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating,
heat intolerance, fever, changes in menstrual periods, hives or skin rash,
or any other unusual medical event.
oNotify your physician or dentist that you are taking SYNTHROID prior to
oAfter a stable response has been established, it is important to have
follow-up laboratory tests done, as ordered by your health care provider,
at least annually.
This is the most important information to know about SYNTHROID. For more
information, talk with your health care provider.
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the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).
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[i] American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). EmPower Website.
http://www.empoweryourhealth.org/thyroid-top-ten. Accessed January 9, 2013.
[ii] Georgetown University Medical Center. Basic Thyroid Information.
Accessed January 9, 2013.
[iii] Mayo Clinic. Hypothyroidism Treatment.
Accessed January 9, 2013.
[iv] Food and Drug Administration. Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic
Equivalence Evaluations (Orange Book); 30th ed. 2010. http://www.fda.org.
Accessed January 9, 2013.
Contact: Roseanne Durril, (847) 938-6114, Tracy Sorrentino, (847) 937-8712
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