Thyroid patients from the UK are using social media to tell the world of their pending medical crisis due to manufacturer shortage of life sustaining Liothyronine (T3), and no alternate sources.
Mercury Pharma, the sole manufacturer of T3 in the UK, confirms that Liothyronine is currently not available, and according to the latest updates, Mercury Pharma is "unable to give any accurate date, tentative date given by our supplier is by end of June 2013." This was after their previous response which provided a June 15date. This leaves patients on T3 in the UK with scarce supplies, no alternate source, and no date for relief. Thyroid patients, who need T3 supplementation, face inevitable suffering given this situation. As a result, patients are networking in an effort to circumvent significantpatient impact, and raise awareness of their plight.
The human thyroid produces both T4 and T3. Each cell in the body has a receptor for T3. Therefore, T3 is ready to use, and T4 is not. It has to be converted to T3 for cellular use. Cells use T3 as energy which allows the cell to complete its job and to function. A patient who is prescribed T3 is supplementing a shortage of energy for their cells which was not solved with typical T4-only treatment. A shortage of thyroid hormone causes cellular hypothyroidism, which has many symptoms since it affects every cell in the body. Insufficient T3 threatens cellular life, and therefore; organ health. Studies have proven the impact of low T3 on a patient's heart health and mortality.
Why are patients not being provided with alternatives? Foreign manufacturers have ample supplies. Why are some patients left to fear for their life due to Low T3 Syndrome? Thankfully, web-based support forums, Facebook and Twitter have helped patients work together, but they need assistance to prevent needless suffering. The women who lodged the Scottish thyroid petition are collecting patient stories on a Facebook post. Please read the patient experience. If applicable, share your own.
What do YOU think? Shortages happen, but with no offers of alternatives, it is hard not to feel minimized. Are you impacted by this? What is your story?
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