Drug shortages: the personal impact

Recently, supplies of Eltroxin have run short, triggering anxiety for parents of children with congenital hypothyroidism in Ireland.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
26th May, 2012
Holly and Susan Walker. Photo: Maura Hickey

Susan Walker's six-year-old daughter Holly has a condition called congenital hypothyroidism, a disease of the thyroid gland. About 25 children are born with the condition here every year, and it is detected by a heel prick test.

It is critically important that the condition is detected within the first three weeks of a baby's life, to start the child on medication that can counteract the impact it can have on a child's development - the condition...

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