Lothian NHS Board (Discussions)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour

Has the cabinet secretary discussed with NHS Lothian or any other health boards the recent shortage of liothyronine, on which many thyroid patients in Lothian and throughout Scotland are dependent for survival? Will he look into the reasons why one company has a monopoly on supply of the drug, at what happened to stop the drug’s production and at why the NHS is, it seems, being charged a massively inflated price compared to the price abroad?