Action forthcoming on T3 prices

An article today in The Times showing that at last the Government is taking notice of and will take action on, the ramping up of prices for drugs such as T3 and other non branded drugs. Whether however they'll get them ramped down again is quite another matter. BTW re the difficulty of making T3 - Sigma Aldrich sell the same amounts of pure T4 and T3 for virtually the same price. So no difference there.

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  • > ... difficulty of making T3

    Difficult? Just see the prices in Greece and Turkey ...

  • Isn't Uni-Pharma levothyroxine a little more expensive than their liothyronine on a tablet by tablet basis? (Greek local prices assumed.)

  • BTW: Production cost seems to be insignificant part of thyroxine prices. In Finland a 100-pack under 10€, in US 30-pack Synthroid some $37

    (In US Nature Throid 30-pack only some $8)

  • Always looks like Synthroid price is made up something like this:

    Product, packaging and dsitribution - $1

    Promotion and marketing - $16

    Profit - $20

  • I paid the same for either.

  • Diogenes,

    Thanks for posting this. A couple of links:-

    This is the official link to the bill which contains information in gobbledygook. It also has a link on the RHS ('Stay up to date') where you can receive updates.

    This is written in English and may be helpful.

  • Just a thought.

    When Mercury Pharma pulled Eltroxin, could they have had the intention of using the same loophole to raise prices on their unbranded levothyroxine? (Obviously, the competition from Actavis could have been an issue but perhaps they hoped Acatvis would be happy enough to increase their prices as well.)

    Now they can see the "loophole" being plugged, they can see there is no longer any reason to keep Eltroxin off the market.

    What will be interesting is how the prices that have already shot up (obviously, liothyronine) are treated by both the government in its various guises and the company.

  • They did not pull Eltroxin, distribution was suspended for a period so they could produce more generic levothyroxine (with the permission of the MHRA!). It is quite possible they want to reduce the sales of Eltroxin so that they can drop it, so it's important to get your doctor to specify 'Eltroxin' if that is what you need - even though the AMCo generic is the same.

    Just to be clear - Eltroxin is now available, although it can be difficult to obtain. At the moment Eltroxin is fractionally cheaper than the generic form which is not subject to price regulation. If you want to keep Eltroxin or an identical generic available in the future you need to get your GP to prescribe Eltroxin - use it or lose it.

  • Thanks for the news, diogenes.

    "Liothyronine is a T3 thyroid hormone normally synthesized and secreted by the thyroid gland in much smaller quantities than thyroxine (T4). Most T3 is derived from peripheral monodeiodination of T4 at the 5' position of the outer ring of the iodothyronine nucleus. The hormone finally delivered and used by the tissues is mainly T3." from PubChem

    T4 is cheap, can we find someone to do the derivation????

  • T3 is made like T4. First you make the carbon skeleton that is the basis of both molecules. For T4 you just iodinate the 4 bonds that accept the iodine. For T3, you first chemically block the bond you don't want iodine on, then iodinate the others, then remove the blocking agent. Simples.

  • Really, easy peasy?

    Shall we start a company? My son has a PhD in biomedical engineering and has a company; we can get lots of investors from HU, no doubt.

    I'm sorry I missed your latest news but bravo on that. It's always exciting to be published!

  • Count me in!

  • Don't we wish:)

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