Today, I had a discussion with my GP (to put it politely).
He mentioned that they do not like prescribing 12.5 microgram tablets because they are more expensive. I replied saying that when I tried Teva 12.5, I felt unwell and would not want them again.
He then said that there are five makes available.
I said, no, there are not. There is just one.
He said his EMIS system tells him there are and mentioned a couple.
I pointed out that, just like the British National Formulary, the system appears to be listing distributors – not manufacturers. That there is only one licensed 12.5 microgram levothyroxine tablet. Invited him to check the MHRA Products database if he wished.
He wasn’t happy.
Yes, it’s true, if we swapped places, I find me really, really annoying. (If you see what I mean!)
But I can’t unknow what I know. I can’t sit back and not respond to untruths (even if inadvertent).
I am struggling to understand what EMIS is doing? Why would a GP care about distributors? For that matter, why does the BNF bother with distributors and miss manufacturers?