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Sunday, March 4th 2007, 7:42pm

INFO: BUYING IVF DRUGS - where and how much

Hi,

I do know how much of this is true, but I have read that you can buy your drugs direct from the manufacturer cheaper than buying from the clinic.

I have found this information from another website but thought I would let you all know, as it is an option I will look at if my NHS attempt fails. Please see the info i found below.

You can buy all your drugs direct from the manufacturer which is possibly the cheapest way. They don't charge for delivery and if you order by 2pm they deliver the next day. Here are the details:-

Gonal F, Menopur, Cetrotide, Pregnyl/Profasi, Suprefact (plus others just ask them) are from Serona's IF dept. called Clinovia Tel: 01279 456 705.

Puregon, Pregnyl, plus others (just ask them which ones) are from Organon's IF dept. called Calea Tel: 0870 749 2020
You just fax your order through, the pharmacy makes it up that day for you and sends it out after payment by credit card over phone

I have used Calea for 2 ivf cycles and they are really good.
http://www.clinovia.co.uk
http://www.calea.co.uk/pharmacy.html

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Ferring Pharmaceuticals Ltd
The Courtyard
Waterside Drive
Langley
Slough
Berkshire
SL3 6EZ

Tel: +44 (0) 1753 214800
Fax: +44 (0) 1753 214801
Email: contact@ferring.co.uk
Web Page: http://www.ferring.co.uk/rh.htm
Ferring@home is Tel: 0870 240 0518

u can try the chemist in peterborugh who delivers drugs all over the UK for a flat fee of 20 pounds wherever you live. Give them a call on 01733 564144.

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Sunday, March 4th 2007, 8:02pm

Just some more info on a quote someone got

i finally went with Calea UK (the same people that supplied me trough the clinic) and because they don't have to charge VAT to self administering people plus no middle man they were substantially cheaper. Last time initial drugs cost £1113 this time £706 (I did have to add a few last minuites cos my EC was delayed)

They are definatly worth a try but before you phone they wont give you a quote until they have a perscription.... i faxed mine for the quote! And their service is great

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Sunday, March 4th 2007, 8:14pm

Thought I would post as my wife and I are finally about to start our first cycle of IVF, and I've done some ringing around to check drug prices.
We've got a choice of Menopur or Gonal-F (I'm guessing this is a pretty common prescription).
I've rung round a few of the suppliers mentioned in this post and these are their current prices (I'm sure the moderator will scrub this post if we can't post prices - but couldn't see anything in the T&Cs)

Bristol Center for Reproductive medicine - 0117 902 1100
Gonal - F : £22.50 per 75iu equivalent (in 300iu pens)
Menopur : £20.50 per 75iu ampule

West Town Chemist - Peterborough - 01733 564144
Gonal-F. £22.50 per 75iu ampule
Menopur: £14 per 75iu ampule

Spoke to the pharmacist/owner who seemed really helpful. He said that the Gonal-F pens were relatively new and as such carried a premium price, he quoted £157.50 for a 450 iu pen.

£20 delivery (or you could pick up), and £10 dispensing fee.
These prices were lower than our clinic (Bristol CRM) for Menopur, but much the same for Gonal-F.

Clinovia - 01279 456705
Gonal-F : £29.93 per 75iu
Menopur : £15.60 per 75iu

They only stock the Gonal-F in vials rather than the pens

Boots online - http://www.boots.com/microsites/microsit…?contentId=2797
Gonal-F : £32.10 per 75 iu

Didn't ask for menopur prices from Boots for some reason - doesn't look like they would be cheaper based on their Gonal price.

And finally - the winner (at least on price) :

Ferring (apparently also known as Serono) - 0870 2400518

Gonal-F : £17.70 per 75iu equivalent in a pen (ie. £70.80 per 300iu pen)
Menopur : £10 per 75iu

No delivery charge. No VAT either for Home delivery (thats probably the same for all these providers)

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Saturday, September 1st 2007, 11:28am

Cheaper IVF drugs

Hi all
I know I saw a thread somewhere on here about getting IVF drugs from some cheaper suppliers, but I cant find it now! Could anyone point me in the right direction - and also, can you be sure that the cheaper ones are OK? I'm based in London and the clinic said ti will probably be £800 - £900, which seemed a bit more than I thought. Im on menopur, synarel, HCGinjection and cyclogest pessaries.
Any advice would be great
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Saturday, September 1st 2007, 1:24pm

https://www.boots.com/pharmacy/online_pr…ail=D1P5K16L6&&

you can get a quote from boots online here

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Saturday, September 1st 2007, 1:34pm

from the limited result i have done this morning

ferring is cheapest ....sometimes called serono

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Saturday, September 1st 2007, 3:02pm

Hi My drugs were from a company called Pharmasure. They were about £570 for all my ivf drugs ie. menopur, fostimon and cyclogest pessaries. They did order me too many though so could be cheaper. x

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Wednesday, September 5th 2007, 4:09pm

i'm going to be shopping aroung for drugs for my next cycle so though i'd have a look here.

i got on to "boots online" website and they give you a quote on line but what about the other companies ie ferring, calea etc???
i went on their sites too but couldnt find where to get the quote.

do i have to call them for a quote do you know?????

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Wednesday, September 5th 2007, 4:14pm

i would think you would need to phone them hun

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Wednesday, September 5th 2007, 4:42pm

I thought that since we are not entitled to NHS treatment and that we are having treatment abroad that we could not get NHS drugs but... I was wrong!
I just asked GP and gave her a list of drugs and she just gave me the prescriptions!
I was so surprised. We expected lots of hassle but no problems!!!

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Thursday, September 6th 2007, 10:37pm

Thanks for all the advice - I might give my doctor a try but I doubt they'll do it as I'm too old for nhs fertility treatment in the borough and I dont want to leave it too long to get them. Best quote overall I've had so far is Ferring but they didnt manufacture all the drugs I need - I emailed them and they got back to me with a phone number for where I could get their drugs and the others I need. They were really prompt and helpful. The info they gave me was healthcare@home service, Tel: 0800 328 5323.
Also the West town chemist in Peterborogh came out well - £741 including dispensing fee and refrigerated delivery to London - they were really helpful on phone too, number is in one of the links from Kar and eeyore. Its the menopur that bumps it all up - so expensive!

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Thursday, September 13th 2007, 1:01pm

well i thought i would get cracking on finding prices

here is what i have so far

local hospital wouldn't quoted

local chemists were very expensive and one even tried to get the price down

local chemist 1

50 menopur - £1354.52

local chemist 2

10 menopur - £205

ferring 0870 2400518

50 menopur - £590

20x20mg clexane - £76

do i bother to waste my time and money on phone calls i don't think so

may phone a few in work if i get time.

so anyone know of anywhere cheaper than ferring ?

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Thursday, September 13th 2007, 1:45pm

bl**dy hell hun how can ferring be half the price. it really gets on my nads to see the over pricing.

did you do boots online again?
i keep this list in my diary for drugs......think i got it from on here.

Big drugs suppliers:
Applied Dispensary Services aka Ferring@Home 0800 328 5323 or 0870 2400518

Clinovia aka Serono 01279 456789

Calea aka Homecare: 0870 7492020 (prescription needed for quote, faxed to 0870 7492021)

Independent chemists (will all send through post/courier):
West Town Chemist (Peterborough): 01733 564144 (press 3 for dispensary)

Rigcharm (Ali's chemist in Shadwell): 020 7790 9150

Fazeley (Tamworth): 01827 262488
they will courier for you.

thses 3 chemists are supposed to be very reasonably priced

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Thursday, September 13th 2007, 8:02pm

I think Ferring is the cheapest of all the ones I tried. West Town Chemist in Peterborogh came 2nd

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Thursday, September 13th 2007, 9:00pm

Hey, you're not going to get much cheaper than that. Ferring, Calea etc get to be so cheap because they don't have to charge VAT, apparently.

My drugs bible which is only 18 months out of date lists Menopur at £136.50 for 10, so Ferring is actually cheaper than that.

I'd say you've got far enough, and not to spend hours and hours looking for 10p more reduction!

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Saturday, October 20th 2007, 10:15pm

anyone found menopur cheaper than £12 a vial?

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Friday, December 7th 2007, 6:04pm

How much is an NHS prescription? Do I pay per drug or all in one?

Trying to work out costs here...

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Friday, December 7th 2007, 6:16pm

I paid the normal prescription charge for each drug, one charge for prostap one charge for all my Menopur and one charge for all my HCG, so just 3 charges about £19.00 for all the drugs.

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Friday, December 7th 2007, 6:17pm

that would be better than 15.28 for one vial of gonal-f!!

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Saturday, December 8th 2007, 8:21pm

WHat about if you have an exempt card??

Hi gang

Been reading this thread with interest, about getting the drugs on the NHS for free. Well I have a NHS free perscriptions card, as I have a thyroid condidtion and so get my medication free through that. DOes anyone know if this means I could get fertility drugs free on this too??

Not yet on the IVF journey, but doing the research first and the price of drugs does add a huge chunk doesn't it

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Saturday, December 8th 2007, 8:23pm

if you could get your go to write you an nhs prescription then yeah you would get these on your card

here is wales there is no prescription charge so mine were free

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Saturday, December 8th 2007, 9:46pm

Applied Dispensary Services aka Ferring@Home 0800 328 5323 or 0870 2400518

These are the cheapest, they will deliver quick, get a quote via phone call and then all you need to do is post presription with a cover letter saying how urgent you need them

i haven;t used them myself but did get a quote and found them brilliant

remember to send anything recorded post

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Tuesday, December 11th 2007, 4:38pm

I have used Ferring - no complaints but they were having a prob with the couriers:i.e left drugs in neighbours garden on wrong day even though labelsaid drugs needed to be refrigerated by 12 noon. Make sure the agent you speak to repeats the right delivery dates and instructions so less room for error. My clinic said they are normally excellent and rang to have a word on my behalf.

On a plus the drugs for ivf cost me less than last cycle of iui. Can't be bad!

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Saturday, February 2nd 2008, 2:47pm

Drugs prescription tip

Thought I'd post a top tip to anyone using NHS prescriptions for their IVF drugs. We were lucky that our doctor agreed to fund our drugs as we're funding our IVF treatment but we still had to pay the prescription charges which came to about £50.

The nice man at Lloyds Pharmacy told me about the pre-payment NHS prescription service which allows you to pay £21 for three months worths of prescription charges - saving us £30. They give you a card and certificate number to use on all prescription transactions and you put that on the form they give you at the pharmacies. It's really simple and can be used on all prescriptions, not just IVF

Every little helps when you're funding treatment so I thought I'd pass this on. For further information go to DoH website and type in NHS prescription charge.

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Sunday, February 17th 2008, 8:59am

Yep, we've also been told this week that West Town Pharmacy in Mayors Walk, Peterborough is very competitive. Give it a try girls xxx

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Thursday, March 27th 2008, 11:02pm

Cheaper Drugs if you shop around

*** Moderator note, these recommendations are on a personal basis by the poster and are no way endorsed by FZ***

This is more relevant to those who are having private treatment because we have to pay for drugs ourselves. This is my first cycle and thanks to the great people on FZ I learnt that I don't have to buy my drugs from my clinic so I decided to call round the chemists that have been mentioned in other threads on FZ.

I bought the down regulating drugs from the clinic because I needed those straight away but for the other stuff I found that I made quite a saving just by doing a little research. My clinic wanted to charge me £1250 for the following drugs:

Cyclogest 400mg 40 pessary
Menopur 75iu 44 ampoules
Vibramycin 100mg 8 capsules
Voltarol 50mg 2 suppositories
Progynova 2mg 56 Tablets
Pregnyl 5,000iu 2 ampoules

Here are the quotes I got from calling around:

Rigcharms Chemist – Shadwell

Cyclogest 400mg 40 pessary 85p per pessary £34.00
Menopur 75iu 44 ampoules £13.55 per amp £596.20
Vibramycin 100mg 8 capsules £10.00 for 8 tablet pack £10.00
Voltarol 50mg 2 suppositories £8.00 for pack of 10 £8.00
Progynova 2mg 56 Tablets £2.85 for 28 pack £5.70
Pregnyl 5,000iu 2 ampoules £5 each amp £10.00

Next day delivery

Fax should be addressed to Ali on 0207 702 8283

Fazely Pharmacy

Cyclogest 400mg 40 pessary £28.80
Menopur 75iu 44 ampoules £536.80
Vibramycin 100mg 8 capsules £4.16
Voltarol 50mg 2 suppositories £1.00
Progynova 2mg 56 Tablets £4.54
Pregnyl 5,000iu 2 ampoules £6.54

Need to post the original prescription to
Fazeley Pharmacy
11 Coleshill Road
Fazeley
Tamworth
B78 3RB

Applied Dispensary Ltd in conjunction with Ferring @home can be contacted on: 0800 328 5323
£136.50 for 10 ampoules. Progynova is £6.56 for 3x28, 2mg tablets and £3.27 for 1 ampoule of Pregnyl 5000 units.

To get the unit price for items from Fazely, just divide the amount quoted above by the units given in the prescription. I ended up buying my drugs from Ali because I fancied a day trip out of London and it was still cheaper than going to the Chemist in Shadwell. I am really pleased I bought the drugs from Fazeley Pharmacy because the pharmacist who dispenses the IVF drugs is just the nicest person I've met in a long time.

I turned up at the pharmacy without a freezer bag for the pregnyl so the guy from the pharmacy contacted Ali at home (it was a Bank Holiday Monday and Ali had the day off) to get advice and Ali, bless him, asked to speak to me so that he could talk to me about the storage for pregnyl then gave me an ice pack even though I said I would pick up some frozen peas from the tescos next door. He was just so helpful that I would heartily recommend him (If the moderators allow such things).

I also did a search on Bootsonline but I couldn't get the whole prescription online and they had quoted £15.35 per ampoule which is the most expensive of all the quotes I got.

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Monday, June 16th 2008, 10:29pm

Here are some contacts that could save you hundreds, if you buy at your clinic you are looking at between 800 and a grand per cycle

Bristol Center for Reproductive medicine - 0117 902 1100

West Town Chemist - Peterborough - 01733 564144

Boots online - https://www.boots.com/pharmacy/online_pr...ail=D1P5K16L6&&
I would use ferring

Ferring (apparently also known as Serono) - 0870 2400518
Menopur : £11.80 per 75iu
gestone £5.18 per 50 amp

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Monday, August 11th 2008, 7:41pm

IVF Drug costs

Hi all,

Well i'm gonna be staring my second round of icsi soon. I made the call today to get my prescription sent out to me and will hopefully start on day 21 of my next cycle so fingers crosssed it's second time lucky. I think they will be upping my dose this time cos i only got 6 eggs last time.

I Have been quoted between £470 and £600 for the drugs this time cos of the higher dose, does anyone know where i can get them cheaper?????
Tryin to save some pennies!

Hope everyone is doing ok with there tx

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Monday, August 11th 2008, 8:21pm

RE: 2nd go with icsi at the priory!

Hi Angel

Good news that you're due to start again soon. :yes:

Insofar as drug prices.....it's worth having a shop around but I have to say your quoted figure sounds jolly reasonable!

I have paid around £700 for an average dose of Gonal F (225IU daily) and buserelin, ovitrelle and cyclogest.

I've heard many girls tip over £1000 for the high dose drugs so it really sounds like a good price.

It's the stimm drugs that cost the most.

My clinic have recently changed where they recommend and this is the company I'm ordering from http://www.centralhomecare.co.uk/pharmacy.htm. Apparently the drugs are competitively priced as before (though I've yet to find out exact prices) but it may well be that my clinic have an arrangement with them ?(

Best of luck Angel - why don't you join a thread on the cycle buddy board when you know your dates

SMILING SEPTEMBER SUNFLOWERS
October anyone???

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Monday, August 11th 2008, 8:52pm

Fazeley Chemistry - 01827 262488 :D

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Monday, August 11th 2008, 11:08pm

I just wanted to say I got my drugs from ferring@home and they are a lot cheaper. My dearest to cheapest quote varied by £450.00.
0800 328 5323

They come in very cheap my highest quote is £1100.59 and they have quoted me just under £600.00.

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Thursday, August 28th 2008, 3:42pm

Anyone had any quotes for Puregon? Most of the above seems to be in relation to menopur.

I've just had a quote from Calea:
2 x Burserelin
6 x 900iu Puregon = £144 each
2 x Pregnyl = no charge
4 boxes cyclogest
Total = £928

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Wednesday, September 10th 2008, 6:17pm

hi!
i am on my first attempt of ivf, so you mean i can just get precription from my GP if i find i clinic abroard ? and what happen to drugs do have to pay for them if i have exemption card?

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Wednesday, September 10th 2008, 6:51pm

If your IVF cycle is an NHS one, your IVF clinic should give you the drugs you need.
If your cycle is private then, your GP *might* agree to give you a prescription for your drugs (and your prepayment/exemption card should then work for them) but most PCTs seem to have a rule that says if your cycle is not NHS then you can't get an NHS prescription and most GPs will follow the rules for their PCT.

Otherwise, you can normally either buy the drugs from your clinic or get a private prescription from them and then buy your drugs at an online pharmacy.

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Wednesday, September 10th 2008, 7:05pm

Quoted

Originally posted by anna
hi!
i am on my first attempt of ivf, so you mean i can just get precription from my GP if i find i clinic abroard ? and what happen to drugs do have to pay for them if i have exemption card?


It would depend on weather your local PCT are willing to fund you for the drugs, you would have to ask your GP.

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Tuesday, October 28th 2008, 1:59pm

Hi Guys,

I asked my GP if they would write a prescription for my drugs that will be needed and he said that they wouldn't as I wanted to go to BMI Chelsfield.

Can they pick and choose who they want to help?

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Saturday, November 1st 2008, 4:54pm

Hi. I got my menopour from Rigcharms in Shadwell at £13.65 a vial. This price narrowly beat Ferring who charged £13.85. I can't believe I spent £25 per vial the first time round by gettign it from my hospital. WHat a rip off!

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Friday, December 26th 2008, 3:07pm

Really interesting to read this thread. I don't know whether to feel amazed or naive! I'm about to start my first round of treatment in late January so how do I do this? How do I find out what drugs I will be prescribed and how much they cost? Sorry to sound like a bit of a dumbo.

Thanks in advance!

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 5:33pm

Hi ladies
I thought I would bring this thread back to life and ask for your help please.....

We have been to the clinic today to discuss the next cycle (first IVF was abandoned due to me being a `poor responder` )

I will be using the pill for D/Ring, but we have been quoted £1,950 for the stimms drugs - Dh nearly fell off his chair!! :snigger: We have already paid for IVF, first stimms, PESA and donor sperm - we are broke now :sadface: so I am desperatly looking for info on cheaper drugs so that we can start again this year at least, if we have to save it could take a very long time.

I see from the above posts that Ferring seem to be a cheaper option, I am going to check their site out now. I think I will be using menopur - had bloods today so I assume when we get the results back we will know how much stimms I need ?(

Did you have to get consent from your clinics to do this? Im a bit nervous about asking the clinic if we can source our own drugs - can they say no??

Thanks for your help x

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 5:39pm

hiya hun

ferring do menopur for 11.80 an amp

my clinic even use ferring prescriptions, i know some clinics like to keep things in house but if your clinic is one of these i would tell them the situation

also please be aware you can also ask your gp to prescribe these drugs on the nhs, some do some don't

i have had 2 lots funded by the gp

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 5:42pm

Thanks Kara
I will call my GP in the morning (although dont hold out much hope with them!) and I will also contact Ferring.

I assume once the bloods are back, my con will be able to prescribe my menopur and let me know the exact amount needed? Do I need a prescription from the clinic - do I then fax Ferring?

Sorry for all of the questions, starting to get excited as this looks like the best option for us

Thanks again hun x

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 5:49pm

what blood test hun? amh?

yeah you just get a private script from your clinic and either fax or send it and then arrange payment and delivery, i haven't personally used them cause i haven't needed to yet but i know people who have and they are great

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 5:59pm

Thank you

the bloods are for FSH, AMH and prolactin? I think ?( does that sound about right?

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Monday, February 9th 2009, 7:30pm

I am using Care Manchester and Bolton Clinic.

We got charged £11.25 per vial for menopur from them, which seems quite cheap compared to what others are paying! :8o:

don't know if drug prices have fallen because of the credit crunch...Lol :snigger:

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Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 10:21am

morning ladies

I have just called the following to ask for prices of menopur

Serono: £14.00 per vial (no delivery charge)

Fazeley: £12.20 per vial (delivery charge of £7.95)

I have aclled the clinic and left a message for the nurse to call me back re: the possibility of having a private prescription and ordering my own drugs.
I am nervous - hope they say yes xfingers

Do the clinic make money on drugs? Can they buy them for £12 per vial (and add extra on to make a profit) or does it genuinley cost them more to purchase??

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Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 1:01pm

The clinic called back and said YES I can source my own drugs :D

really pleased and excited that we are now treatment planning for round 2

the difference in price is unbelievable - approx. £1,200 cheaper to source my own....it is such a saving, I cant believe it

Thanks for this amazing thread, If I had not read this last night, we might not be carrying on.......thank you thank you xxxxxxxxxxxx

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Tuesday, February 10th 2009, 6:25pm

another update from me.....I have called my GP and explained the situationa and they are going to give us an answer in the morning and let us know if they will give us an NHS prescription (or not) Not holding onto too much hope though, will report back tomorrow....

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Friday, February 13th 2009, 12:44pm

Hi all

Following the advice on this thread I contacted my Dr and got my prescription and did a ring round using the contacts found here.

It's totally worth doing. My quotes range from £824.87 to £470.77 !!!

Interestingly my clinic were cheaper than some places. Boots wasn't competative at all and didn't have everything. 'Ferring' turned out to be my highest quote so far and Calea - 08001218300 were by far the best. Although I can't quite beleive how cheap it looks so am going to check again with them!

I'm sure it varies for all and I would advise anyone who's ringing round to make sure they break down the quote into the seperate drugs as I think if you can be bothered and money's tight then there are more savings to be made from getting different drugs from different places.

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Friday, February 13th 2009, 2:17pm

Hi Lennie

Thanks for that, I haven;t tried Calea, I will give them a call and let you know how I get on......Im asking for the price of menopur per vial - will they tell me this (dont get my sricpt until Monday)

Thanks and good luck in your drugs hunt :D xx

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Friday, February 13th 2009, 4:09pm

Yes they should do. I had to scan my prescription and attatch it to an e-mail to them before they would give a quote. Worth it though!

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