The other day several people reported problems concerning the supply of our only UK liothyronine tablets. The shortage of liothyronine (T3) in the UK has now been officially confirmed. See below most of the text of an email exchange between me and AMCO:
Subject: Mercury Pharma Liothyronine
I have seen rumours that supplies of MP 20mcg liothyronine are short.
Would you be good enough to let me know:
Is this true?
What is expected to happen - is this a very short term issue, or could it last months or longer?
What arrangements are being made to help those who might be unable to obtain their prescribed medicine?
Which, a week later, received this reply:
Further to your query we regret to inform you we are out of stock on Liothyronine tablets.
There is delay in supply due to manufacturing problem .We are anticipating the Liothyronine tablets to be back in stock by end of April 2014.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Amdipharm Mercury (AMCo) Group
You may notice that the reply says nothing about any action or arrangements to help those unable to get their liothyronine.
I urge all those who might need any liothyronine (prescribed, in the UK) before the end of April to contact any or all of: their pharmacies, their GPs, MHRA, AMCO - and anyone else they see fit.