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FYRECRACKER
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Trying to find ways to cut costs.

I heard VSL #3 was really good. I take 2 a day for 225 billion good bacteria.

My insurance company (Wellmark BCBS) says they won't cover it, and in my dinky town I'm willing to bet the pharmacies won't carry it. I guess I could check Wal-Mart, they might.
Perhaps it's just easier to order at $50 per bottle. [confused]


Anyone able to get it paid by insurance?

Any other ideas on how to cut costs on other good brands of probiotics?

I know you get what you pay for, but bills sure add up quick and I need to budget a little better. Thanks.

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there is vsl3 ds (packet) that soime peoples insurance seems to cover (mine doesnt)....maybe you could check to see if your insurance covers it and if it does ask your dr for a script.

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If you have good insurance they will cover the VSL#3 DS.

I pay $80 for 90-day supply. That is two packets a day and each is 900 billion CFU's. Very cost effective that way.

(it has to be the DS kind)

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FYRECRACKER
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Hmm.

Yea my insurance company said if I can buy it online then they won't cover it.

Bummer.

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You cannot buy VSL#3 DS online.

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FYRECRACKER
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oooooh. thank you!
I will look into this.

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NDC (National Drug Code) is 54482093001.

GCN (Generic Code Number) is 97109.

DIN (Drug Identification Number) is 00903105

these are some phar codes that may help
found in google search.
if you find away to enlight US all to this value pass it on

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I know of another lyme patient who made yogurt using probiotics...I have ordered a yogurt maker and it hasn't arrived yet, but then I thought I would try to mix in the VSL #3 and see if that would work to extend the box a bit. I am not sure how to make yogurt if someone could add that information that would be great. I figure I can google that later...but its worth a try to grow your own that way? Does it get watered down a little? Not sure. Anyone else try this?

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Homemade Kefir. So easy - so cheap (only costs of milk)

If you're lactose intolerant it's ok because the kefir grains EAT the milk sugar and lactose.

Kefir is amazing for the gut.
A billion times better than the best probiotic on the market.

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canefan,

Where did you get the starter? And you use grains and milk? I thought some people who are lactose intolerant didn't even use dairy. Am I wrong?

I used to make my own yogurt many moons ago. The kefir sounds good. Are you just using room temperature, or a device, or what? Thank you!

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NDC # 45749-0017-82 was given to me by Wal-Mart Pharmacy just this evening.

Wonder why you have a different number payne?

I verified with her that it was for VSL3-DS.
$142.00 for 20 packets. Non-Formulary.

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Kefir has lots of sugar.

My insurance covers VSL#3 DS at my $30 copay. I am so fortunate! It has saved tons of money on probiotics.

Good luck.

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fyre .. get a 90-day script

will be cheaper

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Homemade Yogurt in a 1-gallon jar. EZ-PZ Lemon Squeezy!! A lot cheaper than expesive probiotics. For a family of 3 for a month supply it is less than $20.

Check out the SCD website and get their recipee and reasoning behind the benefits of SCD homemade yougurt.

You need 2 ingredients:

1) 1/2 Gallon Organic Whole Milk
2) 1/4 cup of Organic Plain Yogurt


We make a 1/2 gallon a week. It's very simple. Start with 1/2 gallon organic whole milk. Buy Nancy's Organic Plain Yogurt to use as a starter. You can buy a small tub for less than a dollar. You only need about 1/4 cup per batch.

Set the yugurt on the counter to warm to room temp. Warm your oven to 110 degrees.

Next, warm the milk very slowly to 185 degrees to kill any bacteria. Then let cool to 110 degrees. I use an ice bath in my sink to speed it up and also use a candy thermometer to check the temp.

Once the heated milk cools I stir in the yogurt. I put in a glass jar and cover with damp cheesecloth. Here's the trick. 24 hours in the oven at 110.

According to SCD by letting it 'cook' for 24 hours all of the milk sugar is gone and the culture has made a very high potency yogurt. According to SCD there are more than 900 bil live organisms in a serving. We love it. It is sour so we do add a little Stevia and Vanilla when we get ready to eat it.

SCD Website:
http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/beginners_guide/yoghurt/yoghurt.htm

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no clue on ID # just googled it, so much for googleing
perhaps out dated, or pk size ?
thanks for the follow up,
now we know.

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I found VSL #3 Online for $86 for a 30-day supply, 30 packets. 450 cfu per packet.


http://www.vsl3.com/about.asp

Our insurance won't pay for it and my pharmacy wanted to charge me $165 for the same quantity.

So the VSL that I found is not DS? How do you get the DS reasonably? My pharmcy couldn't locate DS, so where can I find the DS?

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per firecrackers findings..
NDC # 45749-0017-82 was given to me by Wal-Mart Pharmacy just this evening.
my help your search.

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VSL#3 DS is the prescription strength. You call your prescription service and ask if they cover it, then you ask your doctor for a script.

DS is double strength... 900 billion CFU's per packet

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