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Letter received from the Health Secretary. Ironically it ended up in my junk!
Dear Ms Vaughan,
Thank you for your correspondence of 23 November to Jeremy Hunt about hypothyroidism. I have been asked to reply.
I appreciate your concerns about the availability of treatments for hypothyroidism.
The vast majority of patients, once diagnosed with hypothyroidism, can achieve successful management of their condition with a synthetic hormone replacement treatment.
Best practice on the identification and management of hypothyroidism has been provided in the Royal College of Physicians’ guidance ‘The diagnosis and management of primary hypothyroidism’. This document was developed on behalf of organisations such as the British Thyroid Association, British Thyroid Foundation and Society for Endocrinology, and is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The guidance states that overwhelming evidence supports the use of thyroxine T4 hormone replacement alone in the treatment of hypothyroidism. This is usually prescribed as levothyroxine (Thyroxine) tablets. The guidance does not recommend prescribing additional T3 hormone in any presently available form. However, this does not prevent clinicians considering other forms of thyroid hormone replacement if appropriate.
Finally, whilst I note your request for a meeting with Mr Hunt, I am afraid that diary commitments mean that he is unable to meet you.
I hope this reply is helpful.
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health
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