Thyroid UK's E-petition closed on 30th March with over 12,000 signatures.
As the e-petitions website is off-line until after the General Election in May,
we will have to wait until then for the FINAL figure!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who signed the petition and helped to promote it far and wide.
On 23rd April 2014, Thyroid UK re-submitted their Government e-petition asking for research into T3 and/or natural desiccated thyroid treatment to be funded (scroll to bottom of page for actual petition wording).
You can view and sign the petition by going to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64191
So, let's all...
If we can get 10,000 signatures, we can expect a response.
If we can get 100,000 it may be debated in the House of Commons.
Number of Signatures - 11,467
We do now have the minimum number of signatures (10,000)
we still need more - no number can be too many!
Time really is running out... the Closing Date is
There are thousands of people in the UK with hypothyroidism who are struggling because they cannot tolerate T4 only treatment for some reason, and their doctors refuse to prescribe anything else because they say there is no evidence to support the use of T3 or Desiccated Thyroid.
However, many patients tell us that they recover their health when they change their thyroid medication to include the use of T3 and / or Desiccated Thyroid. Despite this, the majority of doctors still will not prescribe these medications without official research to back up this 'anecdotal' evidence.
Please sign, share and tweet this petition and do your bit to try and make a difference!
The wording of our e-petition is as follows:
Fund research into
T3 and/or natural desiccated thyroid treatment for hypothyroidism
Many patients with hypothyroidism continue to have symptoms on levothyroxine (T4) but find that their symptoms are often greatly reduced when they take liothyronine (T3) or natural desiccated thyroid.
Natural desiccated thyroid is only manufactured in the US and Canada but can be prescribed in the UK on a "named patient" basis.
Many doctors will not prescribe it because there are no randomised controlled trials as it was manufactured before licensing of medicines came into being.
Research has shown that some patients have benefited from natural desiccated thyroid but there needs to be more research done to investigate whether this would be a better treatment for patients.
More research also needs to be done on the addition of T3 to T4 because previous research has been inconclusive.
This petition closes on 30th March 2015 (at 11.59pm)