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  • Warning to Kiwis buying vitamins overseas

    With the strong Kiwi dollar I decided it was time to buy one of Mark's vitamin products (Damage Control Master Formula), saving a small amount on a similar combination available here.

    I have received a letter from Medsafe (NZ Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority) telling me that they had x-rayed the item and opened it as a suspect medicine. They tell me I need to get a prescription for Vitamin D (2000iu) and DMAE (Deanol) 50mg. So I have now spent $47 on a doc's appt to get the script which I am about to send off. The doc didn't really know why they needed a prescription either but he thought it might be to stop people importing amounts to sell. The amount I bought was a 30 day supply. I emailed them but didn't get an explanation.

    Anyway, lesson learned. Sorry Mark but I won't be buying further vitamin products from you.

    Jo
    My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

  • #2
    Sorry about that Jo, I guess some countries are not ready to accept the Primal nutrients.
    You can still find most of the multivitamins you need from ready sources just not as high in dosage.
    Such sources would be garden vegetables and berries.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Captain Archer View Post
      Sorry about that Jo, I guess some countries are not ready to accept the Primal nutrients.
      You can still find most of the multivitamins you need from ready sources just not as high in dosage.
      Such sources would be garden vegetables and berries.
      I suspect it's more a case of protecting markets. Sigh.
      My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

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      • #4
        That is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
        These machines feed on the tears of broken lives and dying dreams...

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        • #5
          Just had this reply....

          Both the Vitamin D and Deanol (DMAE) are classified as prescription medicines in New Zealand.
          To import any quantity of a prescription medicine a letter or prescription from a New Zealand doctor is required.
          Looks like I need to get out in the sun more! LOL
          My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

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          • #6
            I contacted them and asked them to direct me to a list of other similar prescription items and got this reply....

            Unfortunately there is no complete list of ingredients that are restricted or not.
            You are able to search for specific ingredients on our website:

            Classification of Medicines

            Please be aware however that often ingredients have different names in different parts of the world. For example, if you put DMAE into the search box you won't get any results as it is called deanol in New Zealand.

            Common ingredients to watch out for are Melatonin, DHEA, Progesterone, Pregnenolone, Yohimbine, Vitamin D (when greater than 1000iu per daily dose) and L-tryptophan (when greater than 100mg per daily dose). These are all available as supplements overseas but are classified as prescription medicines in New Zealand.

            Please feel free to email us with products and ingredients before you order if you need some clarification about their status in New Zealand.
            My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

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            • #7
              Ouch that sucks! Probably the same here in Oz. I know my TCM-practitioner sells the practitioners grade vitamins and fish-oils in her clinic, might be worth checking out what your local practitioner might have?

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              • #8
                Thanks Jo, I was just thinking about doing the same this morning!

                The liquid vit D I buy locally is only 100 iu per drop and approx 5000 iu per dropper full. The lady at the shop I bought it said that anything stronger was prescription, but it hadn't crossed my mind that if I bought stronger overseas I might get pinged for it coming into the country.

                I can't wait for the summer so it's not an issue anymore, winter sucks
                If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                Originally posted by tfarny
                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Misabi View Post

                  I can't wait for the summer so it's not an issue anymore, winter sucks
                  Not long now! I'm working nights at the moment so I have been able to get out in the sun for spells during the day, which is why I'm annoyed about being picked up for the D, since I don't think I need it.
                  My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Glamorama View Post
                    Ouch that sucks! Probably the same here in Oz. I know my TCM-practitioner sells the practitioners grade vitamins and fish-oils in her clinic, might be worth checking out what your local practitioner might have?
                    The doc wasn't that keen to write the prescription and said he didn't want to make a habit of it since he didn't think it was necessary. What's a TCM practitioner?
                    My website: http://www.shoppinganywhere.net/

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                    • #11
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                      Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

                      If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

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                      • #12
                        Oh no! This is probably going to affect iHerb orders as well? Just about to order some natural calm and digestive enzymes too..........

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                        • #13
                          Sorry to resurrect this thread from the beyond, but I was wondering if any Kiwis out there have recently ordered Vitamin D supps online? And have you had any issues with your order coming into the country? My Vit D tabs are running low and I will have to top up again from iHerb.com - The last time I ordered was September 2010, and it came through with no hassles. But I am worried that they will kick up a fuss this time?

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                          • #14
                            I ordered some d3 (5000iu) a few months back and it got confiscated and I got the "letter". Fortunately it was only a small bottle that cost me less than $5. However the diff was that that order came by airmail, the other time I got them last year they came via DHL. Maybe that makes a diff???

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                            • #15
                              of course you could just order the 1000iu's and you'd be fine, you just need to take more... but with summer coming you probably wont need as much anyway. HMmmmm, summer.... come on. I 'm sick of the rain.

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