I’m not do­ing this by choice, it’s des­per­a­tion

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Mum-of-three Deb­o­rah Robert­son says she was forced to turn to the in­ter­net for vi­tal drugs for her thy­roid ill­ness.

The 42-year-old from Aberdeen says she buys pre­scrip­tions from a web­site as her health board, NHS Grampian, refuse to pre­scribe it.

The price to the NHS has risen from £48 to £280.

Deb­o­rah has been on drug T3 for a low thy­roid func­tion.

She took ill in the US where she lived when her hus­band worked in his oil job. But when she moved back home to Scot­land she was de­nied the drug.

Deb­o­rah said: “I re­turned to Aberdeen from the US in 2016 and asked to be pre­scribed the drug but was told I could only get the cheaper T4 ver­sion.

“I take T4 and T3. They wanted to with­draw the T3.

“I can­not thrive on T4 alone. It would leave me hugely ex­hausted and strug­gling to cope with three chil­dren.

“I pleaded with the health board but when I asked again for T3 I was in­formed they would not pre­scribe it.

“It was then I told my GP l would buy it on­line and she said agreed to mon­i­tor me. I do my best to seek out a re­li­able source and hope it’s safe.

“It’s a chance I have to take.

“I buy 300 tablets of 25mcg for £75 from a phar­macy in North Amer­ica. I’ve taken them since 2016.

“I am not do­ing this by choice but through des­per­a­tion.”

NHS Grampian said: “We can­not dis­cuss in­di­vid­ual pa­tients.”

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