Thyroid UK

NDT.... legal postilion

Ive read on the 'Thyroid-s' website that as NDT isn't recgonised by he UK medicines agency ,it isn't covered by the prescription restrictions legislation. It sounds plausible, as how can they say its a prescription medication if they do not prescribe it? Thus it falls into the 'herbal' bracket.

Sounds good! Im sure someone will put me right , as to why this isn't so.

It would be good if it was classed as herbal,saving a lot of patent hassle. But why isn't it?

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i think this argument should be kept off forum


Ah ,didn't know it had already been covered.



I think you posed some valid points and asked some valid questions and I would have liked to have read some explanations and opinions.

I see lots of question repeats. I also see lots of legal issues discussed here. I'm really disappointed and puzzled by 123s response and if the status of NDT really shouldn't be discussed on this forum, surely this comment would have come from admin with an explanation as to why.

Liza Sahara

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I disagree with keeping a discussion on this subject off forum. Far better it is discussed sensibly.

T4 medicines (levothyroxine) are prescription-only.

T3 medicines (liothyronine) are prescription-only.

When desiccated thyroid was available as Thyroid BP that was prescription-only.

It therefore appears totally consistent that any other medicine in which the active constituents are T4 and T3 (or significantly so) would be prescription-only. That there is no such medicine in the UK doesn't really make any difference to the logic.

Imagine someone tried to sell a product containing 80% T4 and 20% T3 in the UK. I can see no argument that would make it not prescription-only.

Why would it make any difference if its ingredients come from chemical factories or from pigs?



As far as I'm aware, it is not illegal to eat any part of a pig or a cow without prescription, nor is it illegal to prepare it in any way, dry, cook dessicate etc. ergo I'd call NDT a food product. I doubt if the authorities will agree, but it sure is a grey area.


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