Reinstate T3 ( Liothyronine) as a prescription drug available on the NHS
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Reinstate T3 ( Liothyronine) as a prescription drug available on the NHS for patients who do not respond to T4 (Thyroxine) treatment
Under-active Thyroid patients are given T4 (Thyroxine) to make up for their bodies not being able to naturally make enough of this hormone. T4 is then converted by our bodies into T3 (Liothyronine) which is the active hormone that controls every part of our body (in the same way that your car needs petrol for it to work.) There are a significant number of patients who cannot convert the T4 into T3 and this group of patients need to take an extra supplement of T3 or they will become very ill. Up until September these patients were given this extra T3 on prescription via the NHS. Now due to cost cutting the T3 has been stopped and is only available via a private prescription from an Endocrinologist at a cost of £516.00 for a month’s supply.
Many patients affected by this ruling simply cannot afford this cost and the only other option is to buy T3 from abroad via the internet. However, this is not a safe option as there are many bogus companies out there and with something as important as health you should not have to take chances.
To make up for the missing T3 GP'S are giving extra T4 to these patients, but as they cannot convert this T4 to T3 there is not much point in this. It is therefore crucial that this decision is reversed and people receive the medical help that they are entitled to. Thank you for your support in signing this petition. Moyra Marshall (Group Leader, Cumbria Advisory Thyroid Service )
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