Many of us are aware that GP's and Endo's are unwilling to prescribe T3, and we are also aware that price is certainly a significant factor in this reluctance. I have been in correspondence with the Ministry of Health via my MP regarding the price of Liothyronine prescriptions in the UK, and today received the following information: " ...in the 2015/2016 year, there were 77,200 liothyronine sodium prescription items dispensed, comprising tablets, capsules and liquid specials (?), which prescriptions were written and dispensed in England (only). The net ingredient cost for these dispensed items, that is, the basic price of medicines, not taking account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charge income, was £25,165,323."
By my calculation, this equates to £326 per prescription, which is scandalous in the extreme.
I understand that there is only one supplier in this country, yet the Minister also says: "The Government has in place voluntary (?) and statutory schemes to consider the prices of branded and generic medicines as, typically, there is competition between suppliers, which keeps prices down."
If anyone can confirm that there is only one supplier of Liothyronine in the UK, I would be grateful for any information on this. Also if anyone can supply me with definitive prices from other countries for comparison, this would also be useful.
( ) Bracketed items are my additions.