I emailed Sarah Wollaston today sending to her MP address, but had to re-send to her as Chair of the Health Select committee. Also as I'm out of her constituency I had to give all personal info. I must apologise here for calling you a 'gent' - brain fog caused me to forget we had had a PM conversation & thought I didn't know you !
TO: DR SARAH WOLLASTON MP,
Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee
Dear Dr Wollaston
Re: Times Newspaper Article - Extortionate Cost to the NHS for Drugs
I have been communicating on Health Unlocked Forum (a thyroid forum) with a gent who lives in your constituency. He has advised me that you were a GP, and now an MP and Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee.
Liothyronine (T3) is classified as a life support drug. Thyroid patients on our Forum who rely on T3 are grateful that The Times newspaper ran the article last week exposing the extortionate cost of certain drugs paid for by the NHS. Liothyronine is one of them.
Liothyronine is the only licensed product in the UK for thyroid patients who don't thrive on Levothyroxine (T4). Mercury Pharma are the only suppliers in the UK and therefore have a total monopoly.
All patients who need to take Liothyronine for underactive thyroid are exceedingly worried and stressed, fearing that their prescription will be stopped due to the extortionate price hike by Mercury Pharma. Some people have already had their T3 withdrawn by their doctors, being told that it is now on their CCG’s Black List. This is no doubt, in reality, due to cost.
Mercury Pharma currently charge the NHS :
For 28 tablets of Liothyronine 20mcg = £256.20.
100 tablets = £922.44
In my own case, I need 40mcg daily, thus costing the NHS over £512 every 4 weeks.
Liothyronine can be purchased over the counter in many European countries. Furthermore, the prices in these countries cost just pence for a daily dose.
Sweden - 100 tablets of L-T3 = £21.10
Finland - 100 tablets of L-T3 = £15.81
Norway - 100 tablets of L-T3 20mcgs – NOK 254.50 = 27.51€ = £21.65
Denmark - 100 tablets of L-T3 20mcgs – Thybon 20 Henning = DKK 190 = 25.53€ = £20.09
Germany - 100 tablets of L-T3 20mcgs -30.15€
Turkey - 100 tablets of L-T3 – Tiromel = £1.25 (info. from private correspondence)
Mercury Pharma are morally and ethically bankrupt. The NHS is equally responsible for letting this happen.
The avarice of Mercury Pharma and the idleness of the NHS together equals much human suffering.
I sincerely hope you can take immediate action to end this misery and uncertainty.