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Offline rdoherty15

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Hypothyroid Medication
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:37:17 PM »
So, I'm still awaiting my visa, but might as well get a jump on a few things. Been reading that the hypothyroid medication I've been on for the last decade, Armour/Nature Thyroid, is not licensed in the UK. Anyone know anything about this and how one might go about getting round it? I was on the synthetic options previously, and it wasn't pretty. Thanks!
Applied online: 22 June, 2017
Biometrics and Docs mailed: 23 June, 2017
Arrived in Sheffield (via UPS): 26 June, 2017
Email confirmation from Sheffield: 11 July, 2017
"not straightforward" Email: 2 August, 2017
Unsolicited additional documents: 14 August, 2017
Decision made: 25 September, then revoked
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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 06:40:24 PM »
So, I'm still awaiting my visa, but might as well get a jump on a few things. Been reading that the hypothyroid medication I've been on for the last decade, Armour/Nature Thyroid, is not licensed in the UK. Anyone know anything about this and how one might go about getting round it? I was on the synthetic options previously, and it wasn't pretty. Thanks!
This looks promising.

http://www.thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/treatment/where_to_get_desiccated.html

March 29th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 06:40:42 PM »
I'm on Armour and my US doctor set me up to have access to 2 years of medication.  Once I run out in a year and a half I will go back to ordering Thyroid-S online.

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Offline rdoherty15

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 06:45:04 PM »
Applied online: 22 June, 2017
Biometrics and Docs mailed: 23 June, 2017
Arrived in Sheffield (via UPS): 26 June, 2017
Email confirmation from Sheffield: 11 July, 2017
"not straightforward" Email: 2 August, 2017
Unsolicited additional documents: 14 August, 2017
Decision made: 25 September, then revoked
Second Decision: 25 October, 2017
Docs returned: 30 October, 2017
Flight to UK: 2 November, 2017

Offline rdoherty15

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 06:45:32 PM »
I'm on Armour and my US doctor set me up to have access to 2 years of medication.  Once I run out in a year and a half I will go back to ordering Thyroid-S online.

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Thyroid-S isn't FDA or MHRA approved, is it? I might be thinking of something else.
Applied online: 22 June, 2017
Biometrics and Docs mailed: 23 June, 2017
Arrived in Sheffield (via UPS): 26 June, 2017
Email confirmation from Sheffield: 11 July, 2017
"not straightforward" Email: 2 August, 2017
Unsolicited additional documents: 14 August, 2017
Decision made: 25 September, then revoked
Second Decision: 25 October, 2017
Docs returned: 30 October, 2017
Flight to UK: 2 November, 2017

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 06:47:19 PM »
Thyroid-S isn't FDA or MHRA approved, is it? I might be thinking of something else.
It isn't. But it's been a Godsend for those who can't get a prescription for Armour. I used it for a couple of years until I found a doctor willing to prescribe Armour.

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Offline rdoherty15

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 06:52:21 PM »
It isn't. But it's been a Godsend for those who can't get a prescription for Armour. I used it for a couple of years until I found a doctor willing to prescribe Armour.

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Ah, okay! Yeah, its usually a bit of a fight, but I have taken to showing up with a copy of my dissertation (on Hashimoto's and general hypothyroid disease), and that usually squashes any opposition. I'll look into it, though, just in case! Thanks :)
Applied online: 22 June, 2017
Biometrics and Docs mailed: 23 June, 2017
Arrived in Sheffield (via UPS): 26 June, 2017
Email confirmation from Sheffield: 11 July, 2017
"not straightforward" Email: 2 August, 2017
Unsolicited additional documents: 14 August, 2017
Decision made: 25 September, then revoked
Second Decision: 25 October, 2017
Docs returned: 30 October, 2017
Flight to UK: 2 November, 2017

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 06:51:26 PM »
Just an interesting update for folks starting out with the NHS system and not knowing what to expect:

I had my first appointment with a GP yesterday. It took quite a bit of time to get the required docs (official mail, my BRP-which isn't normal, but mine was messed up) so I could register, but once that happened, they were able to give me an appointment in about three weeks.

Was super worried as my meds are not licensed in the UK and alternatives are not covered by the NHS. Amazingly, though, I spoke with the GP and gave her my history (had printouts of medical history from US physicians), and she agreed I should try to stay on my existing medication. She's initiating what sounds like a rather long process to get 'named patient' permission from the NHS, but she didn't fight me on it AT ALL.

Very pleasantly surprised! :D

Will post an update as things progress, as I imagine this process will be a long one and hopefully of interest/benefit to other folks on thyroid meds!
Applied online: 22 June, 2017
Biometrics and Docs mailed: 23 June, 2017
Arrived in Sheffield (via UPS): 26 June, 2017
Email confirmation from Sheffield: 11 July, 2017
"not straightforward" Email: 2 August, 2017
Unsolicited additional documents: 14 August, 2017
Decision made: 25 September, then revoked
Second Decision: 25 October, 2017
Docs returned: 30 October, 2017
Flight to UK: 2 November, 2017

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Re: Hypothyroid Medication
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2017, 07:43:15 PM »
Just an interesting update for folks starting out with the NHS system and not knowing what to expect:

I had my first appointment with a GP yesterday. It took quite a bit of time to get the required docs (official mail, my BRP-which isn't normal, but mine was messed up) so I could register, but once that happened, they were able to give me an appointment in about three weeks.

Was super worried as my meds are not licensed in the UK and alternatives are not covered by the NHS. Amazingly, though, I spoke with the GP and gave her my history (had printouts of medical history from US physicians), and she agreed I should try to stay on my existing medication. She's initiating what sounds like a rather long process to get 'named patient' permission from the NHS, but she didn't fight me on it AT ALL.

Very pleasantly surprised! :D

Will post an update as things progress, as I imagine this process will be a long one and hopefully of interest/benefit to other folks on thyroid meds!

Great news!  Sounds like you found a great GP right out of the gate!