Advice Needed Regarding Medication


#1

Hi,

I just came to know that we have a lifetime max for medication and we reached our limit :grr:. We have a cycle starting next month. Any ideas how to proceed ? any options or suggestions please…


#2

I think there is a program through gonal f called compassionate care which will help out or completely pay for gonal F. I always have to pay out of pocket for meds, and it really, really sucks!


#3

I thankfully had medical coverage on all my meds but one- the HGH Tev-Tropin. When I ask the nurse how much she thought that it would cost me, she said she had a vial that a patient donated back to the clinic after her successful cycle so she gave it to me. I did have to buy a few more vials but that save me a couple of hundred dollars. Have you talked to your doctor or nurse? Also Walgreens Prescription Club card has some drugs on discount- that’s actually how I got my Tev-Tropin cheaper. Good luck!


#4

Is there a option to purchase the IVF drugs from Canada or some place else where it is cheaper ?


#5

You might ask your clinic (or others nearby) if they have any ways for you to save some $$$. There are usually some free samples or some donated meds, if you make your case. Or maybe a study going on where the meds are free. If nothing else, your clinic can make sure you are getting the lowest prices.


#6

I’ve had to pay out of pocket since our insurance doesn’t cover infertility at all. Here is what I’ve found:

  • ivfmeds.com - they are a pharmacy in the UK. The meds are European version but they are the same. For most meds, it’s the cheapest. Here’s the drawback: (1) shipping charge is $89 so you’ll need to factor that into your savings and (2) you have to order it early because it is sometimes held up in customs.

  • freedom pharmacy - they had the best prices here in the states and overnight shipping. I ended up going with them so I could order as I needed. This prevented me having to waste $ on leftover meds. (My first IUI was canceled and I was left with a bunch of meds I paid out of pocket that wasn’t needed).

  • make sure your clinic knows you’re paying out of pocket. My clinic (NOVA IVF in Mountain View, CA) was REALLY good about ordering only what I needed and augmenting my meds with their stash. Many clinics have donation programs (for leftover meds to given that needs it.)


#7

Just wanted to comment on the last post. Freedom pharmacy is great for many meds, but they are outrageous for follistim. They charged me 1300 a vial of 900u of follistim while shrafts was closer to 900. Make sure you check around before settling on one pharmacy.


#8

I did IVFmeds.com from Europe, and saved over 1000 dollars, so the shipping cost is totally negligible. I did the quicker shipping and meds arrived 3 days later to west coast. Get a script from the RE with all the meds and fax it over, such an easy process and the website walks you through it. I got all the most expensive of the med choices, and most were made by the same company as in the USA at nearly half the cost. Check it out.