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