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Sourcing Natural Thyroid Extract in the UK

Sourcing Natural Thyroid Extract in the UK

NDT preparations cannot be supplied in the UK without an NHS or private prescription.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have stated that NHS doctors can prescribe ‘Armour’ Thyroid, Westhroid. ‘Nature-Throid’ and the Canadian licensed Erfa Thyroid, so long as they take full responsibility as thyroid extract is not licensed in the UK. See copies of MHRA letters here

Belew are listed some of the pharmacies in the UK that fulfill NHS and private prescriptions for the four brands of natural desiccated porcine thyroid extract.


Springfield Pharmacy -124 Sheen Road, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, TW9 1UR,

Tel: 0208 2558096)   They stock various strengths of Armour and Erfa Thyroid.   Your doctor should  specify the brand of thyroid extract, the strength and write “for the treatment of hypothyroidism” on the prescription.

Your doctor also needs to send a letter giving the reason why s/he is prescribing you natural thyroid extract, and sign this giving his GMC Registration Number.


Pharmarama – 7 Capital Business Park, Manor Way, Borehamwood WD6 1GW

Tel: 0208 2386770    Email: enquiries  Website:  They stock:  Armour and Erfa Thyroid and Nature-Throid.  The manufacturer (Forest Pharmaceuticals) of Armour Thyroid will no longer export to EU, but US suppliers that buy from them can sell and ship as usual in the EU and UK. If you have a private prescription, you can contact them direct. Your doctor should write on the prescription the name of the drug, the dosage and number of tablets.

North Meols Pharmacy Ltd, 35a Greenhey Place, East Gillibrands, Skelmersdale WN8 9SA,

Website:  chemist 4 you   Tel: 01695 725994, contact name is:  Shamir Patel. They stock:  various strengths of Armour and Erfa Thyroid, Westhroid and Nature Throid.    They offer a service whereby they fulfill your prescriptions and send them out via the Royal Mail.   Details here.


Tollesbury Pharmacy,  12a East Street, Malden Essex CM9 8QD  

Tel:  01621 860511. Email:  Info   Website: Tollesbury Pharmacy

Contact them to find out whether or not they require a letter signed by your doctor giving reasons why they are prescribing an unlicensed medicationand also whether they need the doctors GMC registration number.


UL Medicines Ltd Hampton House, 3d Regal Way, Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 4YJ.

Tel: 01923 204333 have in stock Armour Thyroid 30mg, 60mg and 120mg tablets. They can be contacted by your pharmacist UL Medicines Ltd, . Your doctor should write on the prescription the brand name (as they stock other brands as well as Armour, the dosage and write for the treatment of hypothyroidism

HealthXchange Pharmacy – Albert House, South Esplanade, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1AJ

Tel: 01481 736 736 or E-mail HealthXchange Pharmacy only deal with private prescriptions (not NHS prescriptions). They have compounded thyroid porcine capsules. They routinely stock the standard strengths (15mg – 30mg – 60mg 120mg) but can order any other strength with a lead time of two weeks. All orders are subject to import VAT at 17.5%. They can be sent by normal mail service or dispatched by Royal Mail special delivery which ensures 99% next day delivery and postal tracking.

PLEASE NOTE: 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. Your doctor should be aware that if s/he changes your prescription from one brand to another i.e. from Armour Thyroid to Nature Throid or Westhroid, s/he must write the prescription for 65mg and not 60mg. Pharmacist will not dispense the medicine if this is not correctly stated. See Comparison table below.

Table showing variations in equivalent tablet size and/or active ingredients of each of the brands
Armour Thyroid 1 Grain = 60mg 38mcg T4 9mcg T3​
Erfa ‘Thyroid’ 1 Grain = 60mg 38mcg T4​ 9mcg T3​
Nature Throid 1 Grain = 65mg 38mcg T4 9mcg T3​
Westhroid 1 Grain = 65mg 38mcg T4​ 9mcg T3​
HealthXchange 1 Grain = 60mg 38mcg T4​ 9mcg. T3

Pharmacist can get supplies of the above brands of natural desiccated porcine thyroid extract from the following wholesalers

Idis World Medicines,

IDIS House, Churchfield Road, Weybridge KT13 8DB

Tel: 01932 824100 Fax: 01932-824200.



Mawdsleys Unlicenced Medicines,

Unit 4 Crompton Road Business Park, Crompton Road, Doncaster, DN2 4PW

Tel: 01302 553000



(Your doctor needs to write on the prescription For the treatment of hypothyroidism”)

UL Medicines Ltd,

Hampton House, 3d Regal Way, Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 4YJ

Tel: 01923 204333




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I’m having trouble finding a doctor who will prescribe natural dessicated thyroid. Can anyone help me?

Mary Craner,