Why was Vayarin Discontinued?

I recently learned that Vayarin was discontinued in the US when one of my patients contacted me about the kosher status of Vayarin and its availability in Israel. So why was Vayarin discontinued?

According to the manufacturers’ website – Vayarin was manufactured by VAYA and when the company was sold they made a strategic decision to be a supplier of bulk ingredients only.

Since 2018 in Israel, Vayarin has been sold under the name ZOOM by TEVA and we have verified that the ingredients are the same as in Vayarin.

Regarding the kosher status – Zoom and Vayarin contains PS – phosphatidylserine which is sourced from shell fish – Rabbi Zaritzki in Israel allows for the medical use of ZOOM.

In Israel, Zoom is sold as a dietary supplement and is available at select pharmacies. Typically Zoom is taken twice a day and can be sprinkled on food for children.

Ingredients in ZOOM include: Phosphatidylserine (PS), Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Silicon dioxide, Contains less than 1% of Mixed tocopherols (D-alpha-tocopherol, D-betatocopherol, D-gamma-tocopherol, D-delta-tocopherol), Sunflower oil, Ascorbyl palmitate, Rosemary extract (Rosemary leaf, Propylene glycol, Distilled monoglycerides) (preservative), Caramel (color), Titanium dioxide (color). Contains shellfish (Krill).

May contain soy and fish.

Zoom capsules do not contain sugar, lactose, yeast or gluten.

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