Anyone else, other than those in the USA, having trouble getting Natural Desiccated Thyroid medicine [NDT's]? I have no clue about how it is in UK.... but in USA, Pharmacists, Docs, and drug companies have been trying to coerce people change to taking synthetic T4 only [like Synthroid], for well over 10 years. They've used all sorts of ridiculous excuses, starting with: 1.Manmade is better; 2.it's cheaper; 3.it's the same as NDT's; 4.NDT's are "harsh"; 5."they aren't making NDT's anymore";...... and escalating the last few years, into: 6.NDT's are bad; 7.fail to work; 8.insurance won't cover NDT's; etc.
It's known that Armor Thyroid, the standby for over 100 years, changed their formula, so many find it fails to work properly. Westhroid makes NatureThroid and Westhroid Pure [WP], but I've had difficulty finding how to contact them to ask questions lately. Are there other makers of NDT's?
Ask Docs or pharma why they'd say NDT's are "harsh", and they cannot /will not say. Ask them why they think synthetics are "better", and they cannot/will not say. Ask why insurers are stopping coverage of NDT's, none will say. Ask insurers why they don't cover NDT's. they won't say. Trying to contact makers of NDT's, it like trying to find hens' teeth.
But I can tell you: NDT's contain both T4 and T3. But the body must convert into active form of T3 in order to use; therefore, NDT's can help many thousands of hypothyroid patients who are unable, for one reason or another, to convert T4 into T3, because NDT delivers T3, ready to use. IF a Doc is open to it, they might RX Citomel [T3], but generally will only give that temporarily. Many reasons why T4 gets blocked, include: person's inability to convert it to T3; tens of thousands of manmade hormone-interrupting chemicals everyone's exposed to daily, can potentially interrupt ALL hormones, not just a couple....at the chemical conversion stage, and/or by blocking receptor sites; poor dietary nutrition, etc.
Also, one of the main companies that makes NDT's, Westhroid, WHOLESALES a bottle of #100 Westhroid Pure, 0.5 grain, at under $30.USD. RETAIL, direct, no insurance, cost around $45.USD. But the real "tell" of the systems....is that if I took the same RX to Group Health/Kaiser Permanente [major HMO health providers], to fill at their pharmacy, they charged not only about $45. out-of-pocket, then, pharmacy turned right around, _and billed their Insurance arm, nearly $80.USD_. That means insurers are part of why costs are artificially going up....a lot. And Pharma is part of it, protecting their profiteering, because NDT's are not "patented" the way manmade drugs are.
Also, an NDT supplier in S.E. Asia, who's been trying to help people who've been blocked accessing NDTs from pharmacies, at least in USA, has been blocked from doing business by the government of Thailand tightening up on what gets sent through the mail....who else will this adversely affect? Is this only hitting the NDT market? Or might it also be hitting other markets? That comes back around to Pharma...pharmaceutical corporations are one of the biggest, most profiteering, most controlling industries in the world. Pharmaceutical corporations get laws changed to suit themselves, by bribing lawmakers, the FDA, the CDC, etc.
People in USA have been constantly slammed with some of the highest prices for almost all meds, forever. And, the tightest limitations on getting meds, which in other countries are Over-the-Counter and cheap. Pharma wants to keep obscene level of profiteering. They have been working hard to prevent citizens in USA from getting their needed meds from other countries, by spreading disinformation campaigns, threatening huge fines, scare tactics, anything to stop citizens from buying meds for less, from other countries. There Might be some measure of caution, re: reliable purity and consistency of drugs...but they're over-using that excuse; often, the drugs bought from other countries, are the same, from the same companies.
Pharma fights back by denouncing NDT's, and other natural remedies, by spreading hordes of disinformation online, and via drug reps that visit Doc's offices spreading disinformation...though those may not even know it.
Anyone else been repeatedly approached to stop using NDT's for their low thyroid, in other countries? Are Pharmaceutical corporations at work there as they are here? What excuses have you been given, for why you should change to manmade analogue drugs? Inquiring minds really want to know!