Earlier I wrote an email to Dr Anthony Toft regarding the impending ban on t3 prescribing and the current failings of thyroid testing and treatment. I also asked what he would suggest as a way forward for change.
He very kindly replied within the hour ! ! and this was his response
Thank you for your kind message. I am pleased to hear of your significant improvement. The problem is that of a sole supplier of Liothyronine in the UK, charging exorbitant sums for a medication which costs pennies to make and can be obtained for a few euros in Italy and Greece. The anecdotal evidence for using adjunctive Liothyronine is strong among those who see large numbers of patients. If the hormone were cheap there would be no problem in prescribing it. We have the ludicrous situation of it being easier to ban its prescription in the NHS rather than address the basic issue. I have written an article about the treatment of hypothyroidism which I will try to get published to raise the profile of the current very unsatisfactory management of thyroid failure as practice is dominated by guidelines. I am leaving on holiday in a few hours and will be unavailable until .....
Good to hear his views and that he has an article hopefully soon to be published which can highlight our plight