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Can you be prescribed Erfa on NHS?

Is it the case that NHS endocrinologist won't prescribe Erfa ?

Someone locally saw the senior endocrinologist PRIVATELY and was prescribed Erfa but when I saw a member of the senior endocrinologist'S TEAM "I was told I don't prescribe it only Levothyroxine".

So would I have to see the SENIOR endocrinologist privately to get the private prescription or can the NAMED PATIENT PRESCRIPTION HELP?

Please can I have some advice?

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All NDTs can be prescribed if the doctor/endocrinologists wish but it has to be on a named-patient basis as the instructions are that levothyroxine alone will relieve all of our clinical symptoms.

When they provide a 'named-patient' basis they are taking the responsibility on themselves alone, whereas if levo is prescribed and patient has a reaction it doesn't fall on Endos/GPs head.

If private they can please themselves what they prescribe but some will still only prescribe levo.

If you want a private consultation you can email louise.roberts@thyroiduk.org.uk who has a list of sympathetic doctors.

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Scout1,

Erfa and other brands of NDT are not licensed for UK use so they are rarely prescribed on the NHS. Although doctors can prescribe it via a named patient basis prescription because it is not licensed they are not obliged to do so. Some CCGs will not permit prescribing of NDT on NHS. thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/treatm...

Most members using NDT have private prescriptions or buy online and self medicate. If you want to self medicate write a post asking members to recommend sources via private message.

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