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Where Can I Get
Desiccated Thyroid Hormone?

Thyroid UK is frequently contacted by patients who do not realise that natural desiccated thyroid hormone (NDT) - 'Armour', manufactured by Forest Pharmaceuticals, 'Nature-Throid' and 'Westhroid', both manufactured by RLC Labs, and 'Thyroid' manufactured by Erfa Canada Inc. - can be prescribed by their GP on a “named patient” basis.

If you do obtain a prescription for NDT and you find that your normal pharmacy cannot obtain this, it might be a good idea to try another pharmacy.  If you still have problems obtaining NDT the following pharmacies may be able to help:

  • Tollesbury Pharmacy

    UK based registered pharmacy dispensing NHS and private prescriptions including brands of natural thyroid hormone. They have dealt with natural thyroid hormone brands such as Armour and Erfa for over 10 years and have wide experience in sourcing these products from reputable wholesalers within the UK. They comply with GPhC standards and are members of the NPA and RPSGB. They are also wholesalers and are registered with MHRA.

    They may not need a letter of clinical need but check with them first. They send the medicine back to the patient by Royal Mail Registered Post or via a secure courier, which means that all medication can be tracked and has to be signed for to ensure the safety of the medication and safe and accurate receipt to the patient, to comply with their audit procedures. There is no charge for postage and packing.

    For more information contact them on:
    Tel: 01621 860511; Fax: 01621 869557; Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.tollesburypharmacy.com

    Prescriptions can be sent to: Mychem Ltd, Tollesbury Pharmacy, 12A East Street, Tollesbury, Maldon, Essex CM9 8QD
  • Pharmacy2U (www.pharmacy2u.co.uk)

    Armour thyroid is available from Pharmacy2U in various strengths with a valid NHS or private prescription.
    Customers can order Armour thyroid on the website and then send their prescription to:
    Pharmacy2U, FREEPOST RLTU-BHYL-KEZJ, Leeds, LS14 1PQ.
    The prescription will then be delivered to the customer's chosen address.
    Pharmacy2U is the UK's largest NHS contracted dispensary and have been providing reliable & efficient pharmaceutical services since 1999.


  • Chemist-4-U, (www.chemist-4-u.com)

    This pharmacy has informed us that they have Armour Thyroid, available in various strengths. Westhroid and NatureThroid may have to be ordered which takes about 7-10 days. It might be a good idea to telephone them before sending your prescription to check stock.

    All you need to do is to send your prescription to them either at their address: Chemist-4-U, 35a Greenhey Place, East Gillibrands, Skelmersdale WN8 9SA or you can download and print a freepost label from www.chemist-4-u.com/greenhey.pdf and they will send the order back to you.

  • Springfield Pharmacy

    124 Sheen Road, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, TW9 1UR Tel: 02082 558096 tell us that they now have Armour in stock.
     
    'Thyroid' by Erfa seems to be much easier to get hold of. Erfa tell us that Springfield Pharmacy is also one of their listed UK suppliers.

  • Alium Medical

    7 Capital Business Park, Manor Way, Borehamwood WD6 1GW) is a wholesaler and they also have an in-house pharmacy. They stock Erfa's 'Thyroid' and 'Nature-Throid'. Once you have a prescription, your pharmacist can contact them to place an order. Alternatively, if you have a private prescription, you can contact them directly. Alium Medical can dispense your medication and guarantee a next day delivery if the prescription and the payment is received by 3pm. A clinical need letter is not required and all your doctor needs to write on the prescription is the name of the medicine, the dosage and the number of tablets. If you have any queries, contact their pharmacists on 02082 386770

  • HealthXchange Pharmacy

    This pharmacy has compounded thyroid porcine capsules. They routinely stock the standard strengths (15mg - 1/4 grain, 30mg - 1/2 grain, 60mg - 1 grain and 120mg 2 grain) but can order any other strength with a lead time of two weeks. However, HealthXchange only deal with private prescriptions (not NHS prescriptions).

    All orders are subject to import VAT at 17.5% and are dispatched by Royal Mail special delivery which ensures 99% next day delivery and postal tracking. However, they can send by 'normal' mail if preferred.

    For more information, you can contact them at:
    HealthXchange Pharmacy, Albert House, South Esplanade, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1AJ Tel: 01481 736736 or E-mail: [email protected]

NB. Because there are some variations in dose and potency between the brands (see table below), changing brand may mean that you need a small adjustment from your previous dose of Armour Thyroid. You and your GP should work together to establish the dose of the new medication that works for you.

Comparison table showing the variations in equivalent
tablet size and / or active ingredients of each of the brands

Brand of (Natural)
Desiccated Thyroid USP

Dose

Levothyroxine (T4) content

Liothyronine (T3) content

NP Thyroid
(Acella Pharmaceuticals)
www.npthyroid.com

1 grain = 60mg
38 mcg
9 mcg

Armour Thyroid
(Forest Pharmaceuticals)
www.armourthyroid.com

1 grain = 60mg

38 mcg

9 mcg

Thyroid
(Erfa Canada Inc)

http://thyroid.eci2012.net/

1 grain = 60mg

35 mcg

8 mcg

Nature-Throid
(RLC Labs, Inc)

www.nature-throid.com

1 grain = 65mg

38 mcg

9 mcg

Westhroid-P
(RLC Labs, Inc)

www.westhroidp.com

1 grain = 65mg

38 mcg

9 mcg

HealthXchange
www.healthxchange.com

1 grain = 60mg

38 mcg

9 mcg

 

If you are usually prescribed Armour Thyroid by your GP, you should be aware that if you change to Nature-Throid or Westhroid your prescription must state the tablets as 65mg and not 60mg. If this is not correct on your prescription, your pharmacist will not dispense the medicine.

If your GP changes your prescription, he may also need to write another letter stating that the medicine is for hypothyroidism. Some doctors are now putting “natural desiccated thyroid” on the prescription, which may enable you to obtain any of the brands without keep having to get a letter from your GP.

Your pharmacist can try the following wholesalers for supplies of the various desiccated thyroid preparations:

Idis Pharma, IDIS House, Churchfield Road, Weybridge KT13 8DB
Tel: 01932 824100    Fax: 01932-824200
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.idispharma.com

Alium Medical, (Only stock Thyroid (Erfa Canada Inc) and Nature-Throid (RLC Labs Inc)
Unit 7 Capital Business Park, Manor Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1GW 
Tel:  02082 386770   Fax: 02082 386786
Email[email protected]
Website: www.aliummedical.com

Mawdsleys, Number Three, South Langworthy Road, PO Box 18, Salford, M50 2PW
Tel: 01617 423300
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mawdsleys.co.uk/Secondary-Care/Unlicensed-Medicines-Specialty-Medicines
(Your doctor needs to to put “For Hypothyroidism” on the prescription)

UL Medicines Ltd, Hampton House, 3d Regal Way, Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 4YJ
Tel: 01923 204333
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ulmedicines.co.uk

The Specials Laboratory, Unit 1, Regents Drive, Low Prudhoe Industrial Estate, Northumberland NE42 6PX
Tel: 0800 028 4925
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.specialslab.co.uk
(Letter of clinical need required to say the patient has hypothyroidism but they will dispense the medication as long as this is sent within two weeks)

The HealthXchange Pharmacy, Albert House, South Esplanade, St Peter Port,
Guernsey GY1 1AJ
Tel: 01481 736736  Fax: 01481 736677 
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.healthxchange.com



Last updated 16/02/2016