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ERFA thyroid and cost

Hi 👋 I've just been prescribed ERFA thyroid privately but the local pharmacist says it will cost me £568 for 3 months and that the NHS wont pay... is there anyone out there that knows where the pharmacist can get it cheaper? He says he will have to import it from Canada .. I don't even know if it will work for me but currently Levo doesn't make any difference in how I feel... any help would be so appreciated! 😃

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See Clutter's advice on the comments: healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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I used to buy NDT in Belgium (now on Thai NDT), and first Armour tripled in price, then Erfa...not that they were cheap to begin with, but now they are unacceptably expensive IMO. It seems no healthcare insurance pays for NDT, meaning patients have to bear the whole cost. I was told by one pharmacist the reason for this is that NDT is not a registered drug.

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Thankyou! 😀

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As long as you have a prescription you can phone several other pharmacies to get a better price. I suggest you have a look at the Thyroid UK page in the link below and try the ones there, I have bought a different NDT from two of the pharmacies shown there and can recommend both of them for good prices and service. You phone for the price, send your original prescription by post (keep a photocopy of it!) and they contact you by phone to pay and then send them out, it usually takes 3 days from start to receiving the tablets. One of them is currently showing ERFA as £1 per grain on their online shop, others may be cheaper. I'm never sure if I can mention a specific pharmacy when you have a private prescription so will PM you the two I can recommend from that TUK list :)

thyroiduk.org/tuk/treatment...

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Thankyou! 😀

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This is interesting...does that mean that prices can vary from one UK pharmacy to another? As far as I know, all pharmacies in Belgium charge the same for prescription drugs...in that case, I hope you can find a better price elsewhere, Melanie!

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Yes Anna, I don't know if it depends on the exchange rate, or profit percentage, or how they work it out, but the difference can be significant. I had prescriptions recently for both Nature-Throid, which I've taken for a few months, and WP which my endo suggested I try. One of the TUK mentioned pharmacies quoted me 30P for 1 grain of Nature-Throid, but didn't stock WP, the next pharmacy quoted me 60P each for 1 grain of both Nature-Throid and WP, so I bought the Nature-Throid from the first one and the WP from the second and as both orders were over £50 there were no postal charges. I don't know how charging works out for meds normally available in the UK which are on private prescription though, they may also differ.

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Very interesting....and good for you in the UK!

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Welcome to the forum, Melaniel,

Ring around the online pharmacies in the link below to see whether they can offer a better price.

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/treatm...

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Thankyou will do 😀

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