Citation lists for thyroid medications

Belinda Hodson made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Belinda Hodson

Dear Ministry of Health,

Part A. For all current Medsafe approved funded thyroid medications please provide:

1. The citation lists (clinical research studies, other clinical papers and publications including randomised control trials and guidelines) that support all currently Medsafe approved funded thyroid medications. Citations are to include those on safety, benefits, efficacy and risk, and risk management; and

2. The citation list of all NZ or international patient survey data that supports these treatments.

Part B. Please provide

1. The citation lists (clinical research studies, other clinical papers and publications including randomised control trials and guidelines) that say that Desiccated Thyroid Extract or other forms of combination T3/T4 treatment for hypothyroidism and Liothyronine are NOT safe, beneficial, effective and risks cannot be managed safely. Citations are to include those on safety, benefits, efficacy and risk, and risk management.

2. The citation lists of all NZ or international patient survey data that show they are NOT safe, beneficial or effective.

Please note that for Part A and B, copies of the actual studies themselves are not required, just the citation (also known as an APA reference e.g.

Elizabeth A. McAninch and Antonio C. Bianco (July, 2019). The Swinging Pendulum in Treatment for Hypothyroidism: From (and Toward?) Combination Therapy. Frontiers in Endocrinology. published: 09 July 2019. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2019.00446.

Yours faithfully,

Belinda Hodson

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