Where do you get your VSL#3 from?

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frombc
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   Posted 11/5/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Canadians! Where do you get your VSL#3 from? The distributor I used to get it from is no longer the distributor in Canada. My pharmacy can order it in for me, but it's more expensive (like it's not expensive enough). Is there somewhere I can get it quickly for reasonable shipping? Also, has anyone tried the capsules instead of the powder?

Whatever happened to the VSL becoming available as a Px? I called my insurance co. and they said I could get my Dr. to write up my Dx and prognosis and how VSL helps me and submit it. She couldn't guarantee that the insurance co. would pay for it, but thought it would be worth a try. Has anyone had any luck with their insurance co. paying for it? Thanks.
48 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Asacol 9/day
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime
...Aloe
Vit B complex/folic acid
fish oil (pharmaceutical grade)
VSL#3

Post Edited (frombc) : 11/5/2007 4:08:59 PM (GMT-7)


Delarge
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 157
   Posted 11/5/2007 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
www.vsl3.com

You can telephone the company or simply order online.

frombc
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 219
   Posted 11/6/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Delarge. I'm in Canada and I'm looking for a Canadian source. I don't want to take the chance of it getting stuck in customs as it needs refrigeration.
48 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Asacol 9/day
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime
...Aloe
Vit B complex/folic acid
fish oil (pharmaceutical grade)
VSL#3


Paul L
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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 647
   Posted 11/6/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
A few years ago when I ordered VSL#3, I ordered it from Seaford Pharmaceuticals at:
 
http://www.seaford.ca/vsl3Probiotic.aspx
 
They are located in Mississauga Ontario. I actually picked up one order at their location. Their website shows it listed but when I try to order it online I get the message “The page cannot be found”. You could try calling them at 1-888-292-3192. It looks like they are creating a new Canadian website at:
 
http://www.vsl3.ca/
 
It seems to be under construction at the moment. I found the following info at:
 
http://www.vsl3.com/VSL3/order-international.asp 
 
CANADA
Call:1-800-263-4057
Contact: vsl3@ferring.com
Toronto callers use (416) 490-0121
 
A few years ago when I last purchased VSL#3 I asked my insurance company if they would pay for it and was told they would if it had a Drug Identification Number (DSN). All drugs, both prescription and over the counter and some supplements, vitamins and minerals in Canada have DINs. I called Seaford Pharmaceuticals and they were well aware of the problem but had no information about if or when it would have a DIN.


Paul
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC extending half way across transverse colon.
Allergic reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Currently in Abatacept trial - waiting for remision
 

Post Edited (Paul L) : 11/6/2007 8:32:39 PM (GMT-7)


frombc
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 219
   Posted 11/7/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Paul, Thanks for the information. Yeah, Seaford no longer distributes it here in Canada. I called my pharmacy the other day and they said they could get it for me, but then called back...none in the warehouse...call back in a few weeks.

I called the number on the VSL site for Canada (I had assumed it was Seaford's number when I looked there the other day), but it's for the new distributor in Canada. They charge a little more than Seaford did, but shipping is $10.00 overnight no matter how many you order.

I called my Insurance co. the other day and they told me to have my Dr. write a letter and they would consider covering the cost. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
48 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Asacol 9/day
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime
...Aloe
Vit B complex/folic acid
fish oil (pharmaceutical grade)
VSL#3

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