A run on vitamin D

Justin Dickie
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Store shelves emptying following Canadian Cancer Society report

Vitamin D has been hard to keep on pharmacy shelves everywhere recently, including pharmacies in this area.

Were sold out. I know once that news article broke last week, weve been sold out a couple of times, said Ian Taylor, pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart.

A run on vitamin D

Vitamin D has been hard to keep on pharmacy shelves everywhere recently, including pharmacies in this area.

Were sold out. I know once that news article broke last week, weve been sold out a couple of times, said Ian Taylor, pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart.

The news hes talking about was a study released recently by the Canadian Cancer Society suggesting that taking 1,000 international units of vitamin D per day can reduce the risk of various cancers by 60 per cent. Since the study came out, the vitamin has been a hot seller.

Were selling much more than we normally do, thats for sure, Taylor said. Its something we sell a lot of anyway just because of its relation to calcium and osteoporosis. Its one of those things that anyone over 45 should be supplementing with calcium anyway.

It looks like theres a real benefit there and anything people can do to prevent cancer theyre going to jump right on it.

Sean Cheverie, pharmacist and owner of the Amherst Pharmasave, acted quickly when he heard about the Canadian Cancer Societys new recommendation.

We are selling and absolute ton of it. Were one of the only stores in town with any because when I saw that news I ordered a ton of it, Cheverie said. People are coming in and saying they cant find it anywhere and weve got it.

Cheverie said Health Canada recommends a supplemental intake of 400 units per day, and nobody should take in more than 2000 units per day from all sources. There are health risks associated with taking too much vitamin D.

He thinks this study is accurate, unlike many suggested supplements and medications that are often contested.

As a pharmacist, Im taking it. I personally believe in it, he said.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Societys, Shoppers Drug Mart, Health Canada

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