For patients outside Canada and the US:
- Get a prescription from your local doctor (mention hypothyroidism on it).
- Your doctor should fill in this document (not required for the UK)
- Fax or e-mail the documents at 1-514-931-7330 or info@ERFA.net.
For patients in the US:
- get a valid prescription of Thyroid from your local doctor
- your doctor has to fill FDA form 1572* (e-mail a request at email@example.com.)
- fax or e-mail Erfa the documents at 1-514-931-7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available from Erfa by emailing them at email@example.com or calling toll free 1-888-922 3133
Note: According to an email I received today from Henri Knafo at Erfa, the prescription must be written by an MD or NP, and needs to be written for "Thyroid" -- and 30, 60 and 125 mg dosages are available.
Update: August 27, 2009 -- Stephanie over at Save Natural Thyroid has shared some updated information about the importation of the Erfa drug, and some challenges patients may face, including U.S. Customs confiscation of some shipments of the drugs.
Generally, I doubt that many doctors in the U.S. will be willing to testify to the FDA on this form that they are signing off on natural desiccated thyroid importation for investigational purposes. You might actually have better success with one of the Canadian pharmacies that fill U.S. prescriptions by mail-order.
But if you have tried this method to get a prescription filled and it has worked for you, please post in the comments and share your experience.
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