I recently had an issue with my iHerb Vitamin D orders here in New Zealand. I had been purchasing 5,000 IU Solgar Vitamin D3 capsules from iHerb for the past year, however Medsafe just seized my last order at the border.
I was able to convince my GP to sign the release form, however I suspect ordering more will be a problem moving forward. It appears that New Zealand regulations consider anything over 1,000 IU as medicine, not a supplement. Crazy in my opinion, and i think the OMS community in NZ needs to band together to push through a change to this antiquated legislation.
Whats even more bizarre, is that in the Southern District Health Board region (SDHB) which is Otago & Southland, the SDHB do not fund Vitamin D blood tests. The only DHB in NZ who doesn't, which is ironic given the south of the South Island presents the highest risk of Vitamin D deficient to the population.
Personally I am now struggling with getting a GP so sign off on these 'high doses', and my post winter Vitamin D blood serum level had dropped below 150 nmol/L despite taking a 10,000 IU daily maintenance dose over the past year.
Any advice your or anyone else in the OMS community had on getting around this issue in NZ would be much appreciated.
A: How to get 5,000 IU Vitamin D3 supplements in NZ, and
B: How to get a megadose prescribed to raise blood serum levels when needed.