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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

Bio-Tech 50,000 IU D3 now available for prescription

Although the Vitamin D Council and I believe that vitamin D ought to be taken daily to mimic daily sun exposure, I understand the power and reasoning why some doctors prefer to write prescriptions at weekly, fortnightly or monthly directions. For one, it lets the patient know the importance in the recommendation. In turn, the patient is more likely to take vitamin D. And two, the placebo effect in writing a prescription is much more powerful than recommending an over-the-counter vitamin.

Many doctors in the USA prescribe vitamin D, with instructions to take one capsule every week, or every two weeks, or even one capsule per month. Up until that last few years, only one vitamin D — vitamin D2, the less potent and less efficacious type of vitamin D — has been available for prescription. I am glad to say that this is no longer true. 50,000 IU capsules of vitamin D3 are now available by prescription.

Bio-Tech Pharmacal has partnered with distributors to make 50,000 IU D3 available for thousand of US drug stores. That means unless your doctor writes “Drisdol, do not substitute,” then your pharmacist can give you human vitamin D, not plant vitamin D.

If you’re a medical professional, contact your local pharmacy to request they stock the product. If you’re a pharmacist, order the product and begin substituting Drisdol prescriptions now. If you’re a patient, print this story and take it to your pharmacy today and make sure you start taking D3, not D2. The list of distributors — the information they need to know — is below.

If they want to know why they should switch, the following reasons make it clear:

  • Vitamin D3 is the type of vitamin D the human body produces in response to sun exposure. Vitamin D2 supplements are produced by irradiating fungus.
  • Research has shown that the body prefers vitamin D3 over D2 when both forms are readily available in the body (Heaney 2011)
  • Research has shown that vitamin D3 is more efficacious in reducing mortality risk than D2 (Bjelakovic 2011). Research has also shown than vitamin D3 is more efficacious in reducing the risk of fractures and falls than D2 (Bischoff-Ferrari 2009).

I must recommend, however, that if 50,000 IU is going to be prescribed, they ought to prescribe it to take weekly, which equates to 7,000 IU/day. Once every two weeks might do the trick (equivalent to 3,500 IU/day). Once a month is not enough in my opinion (equivalent to 1670 IU/day).

Bio-Tech D-3-50 (50,000IU)
NDC# 53191036201

Domestic Distributors

  • McKesson Drug Company
  • Cardinal Health
  • Emerson Ecologics
  • Dakota Drug
  • HD Smith Wholesale Drug Company
  • Gulf South Medical Supply
  • Smith Drug Company
  • National Drug Source

International Distributors

  • Pharmaceutical Trade Services-US based distributor serving Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Africa and South America
  • Symbion Pty- Australia
  • Al-AHD Drug Store- Jordan
  • Al-Omair International Trading- Kuwait
  • Biotech Pharma Services- UAE
  • Trans Arabia Drug Store- UAE
  • Riyadh International Corporation- Saudi Arabia
  • Taiba Pharma LLC- Sultanate of Oman

To learn more visit Bio Tech’s website at: http://www.biotechpharmacal.com/

  About: John Cannell, MD

Dr. John Cannell is founder of the Vitamin D Council. He has written many peer-reviewed papers on vitamin D and speaks frequently across the United States on the subject. Dr. Cannell holds an M.D. and has served the medical field as a general practitioner, emergency physician, and psychiatrist.