I bought a year’s supply from Turkey. What else can I do?
Pamela Risk won her battle to get T3 for her low thyroid function but was twice told it would be stopped.
“I knew I would deteriorate badly on the cheaper T4 drug and bought a supply online,” said Pamela, 35, from Falkirk.
“I keep it as a back-up should I ever be denied the drug.
“Without it, I feel hugely exhausted and could sleep up to 17 hours a day.
“I was diagnosed in September 2016, but did not get T3 until July 2017 and was then taken off it and put on a cheaper drug, T4.
“I began to deteriorate and paid £1,000 for a private assessment and blood tests.
“I was then put back on the drug but have been taken off it again since and had to fight to get it reinstated.
“I bought a year’s supply of T3 from an online drugs site in Turkey for £8.58.
“It’s far from ideal but what else can I do?
“It’s shocking that drug companies have been allowed to do this.
“Guidelines need tightened up immediately.
“Without it I feel hugely exhausted, unable to concentrate and very cold.
“I had to spend £1,000 on a private endocrinologist and blood tests to prove I needed T3.
“Other people are buying it from abroad after being denied the drug.
“I’ve been contacted by several who do.
“No one would choose to buy drugs online but they are left with no choice.”