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After my insurance, a $45 discount card for VSL, and GoodRx card discount, pharmacy still wants $124 for a 20pak. 

Is there something over the counter that can be purchased that doesn’t cost so much? 

This is ridiculous ... 

i found an old VSL article saying they have programs for people that can’t afford it, but the date on it was 2012, and the website today doesn’t show signs of that program. 

Im going to email them and see later .. 

Mamaswans, the first step might be to just call them up and ask how to appeal. This really would need your doctor’s support.

JeremyH, one thing to look for in a bacterial probiotic is CFUs per dose. CFU stands for “colony forming unit,” and it’s just a fancy term for a single live bacterial cell. The prescription-strength VSL has 900 billion CFUs per packet. SInce there’s no real generic equivalent, and almost no regulation, you can at least use CFUs as a way to roughly calibrate how much you’re taking.

I don’t know about Canada, but it’s very hard to get in the US right now, though it can be ordered from the manufacturer. I called a bunch of pharmacies, covering all three major wholesalers, and came up dry. I finally may have found it at Sam’s Club - I’ll see tomorrow if the order comes in.

The web site has a small-print message saying it’s intended for U.S. residents only. What message do you get suggesting that it’s shut down to Canadians?

So I picked up 6 boxes of VSL #3 DS today at the Sam’s Club pharmacy, after failing at numerous other pharmacies. I had to get my prescription transferred from CVS, but that was pretty easy, consisting of asking them to do it. Since the manufacturer sent me to them, they may be replenishing stock. I’m guessing this only works for folks in the US, but post here if you have success (or failures).

The current US distributor is:
Alfasigma USA, Inc.
Covington, LA 70433

I’m going tomorrow to pick up another 30 day supply of samples. Apparently my doctor has a great drug rep...

 I got my last supply from Walgreens, but it’s considerably cheaper at CVS  so I’ll be transferring my prescription to them. My nearest Sams is an hour away...

Scott - if you don’t mind me asking, how much did you pay for it at Sams?

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