I have hypothyroidism and have been taking the medication available on the NHS. Anyway, my sister also has hypothyroidism and has for 15 years, but she lives in Los Angeles and she takes Synthroid. She has stressed to me on several occasions the importance of taking a named brand over a generic because of the quality control/consistency/reliability of it to keep the TSH level as stable as possible. She said this has been stressed to her many times by her Endo in LA. I also just spoke with a person in the US who also has hypothyroidism and is currently taking Synthroid. She said that when she tried a generic a couple years ago, her TSH level became unstable and she quickly switched back to Synthroid. They are both doing well while I just don't feel all that well. I am tired all the time I still have symptoms when taking Mercury or Almus brands.
After reading many comments on this forum, it appears to me that generic products made by mercury and almus/actavis in the UK are inferior, possibly very inferior to the point of causing health problems and complications that wouldn't be prevalent on a branded name. Generally speaking I am fine with generic versions of products such as ibuprofin or cold medicines, but one thing I do have a problem with is QC/Quality Control and it seems to me there is a real lack of concern regarding the quality control of Levo in the UK. I even went to the pharmacist to make a simple request to get the same generic brand every month and they said that could be difficult to do... and my immediate though was.. WHAT! Are you kidding me??? You can't even provide a same generic Levo every month??? To me this just shows the lack of concern over this medical condition and the seemingly lack of understanding regarding continuity, quality control and consistency of dose. I mean really, take 100 mcg of Almus, 25 mcg of Mercury? Who thought of that brilliant plan?
The idea that one generic is the same as the next is ridiculous, they just aren't. There is variability in the potency of each brand. Even each batch can vary in strength. Put that together with generic pharma companies making the cheapest products they can and using multiple sites in foreign countries to manufacture it and you get a recipe for inconsistency and varying amounts of micrograms you take in daily, regardless of what the package says you are taking. Different brands supplying me with Levo every month, which are manufactured where? How many manufacturing sites to they have? Where are the manufacturing sites located? Is the Mercury Levo I get this month manufactured in the same place as the Mercury Levo I took last month (that does make a difference, it might as well be a different brand).
All I can see is a future of dealing with sub-par medication that may have a considerable affect on my overall health and energy levels and frankly I'm really not happy about it. I asked my GP if brand names were available and he said no. Well, fine. The NHS doesn't want to pay the money. But does that mean I am unable to get any alternative to the generic levo being offered? Is is possible to get a prescription for Synthroid or another name brand if I am willing to pay for the prescription? Frankly I believe this generic Levo is far inferior to a branded product and I am at the point where I don't want it. How can I go about getting a brand name prescribed to me if I am willing to pay for it?