I am self/private pay (cash) and looking for a reliable and good pricing pharmacy to have my rx’s filled. Any suggestions?
Personally, I went through Freedom Pharmacy (Freedom Fertility) for my Gonal-F & Crinone, and went through Walgreens Specialty for the others (Menopur, Vivelle, Lupron, etc…)
Both are quite competitive with pricing. There are several programs that you can enroll in such as the Heart program from Ferring (Bravelle, Menopur) and the Go Direct savings from EMD Serono for Gonal-F.
You might also look into inquiring with your clinic about any donated meds…never a guarantee, but worth a shot.
Additionally, Freedom Fertility has a Compassionate Care program that will give you free Gonal & others through EMD Serono…if you qualify. There are a few underlying criteria, such as income, citizenship, etc…but they give you quite a bit, which can save you a bundle when self-paying.
I’m sure there are other avenues as well, but those are the pharmacies I dealt directly with. Be careful when ordering meds online…you run the risk of a) getting it late and jeopardizing your cycle(s), b) get a bad/diluted batch, c) not getting it from a reputable pharmacy.
I’m pretty sure there are other ladies that will chime in with any other suggestions that I might have either left out or don’t even know about. Everyone here is tremendously resourceful!
I used the same pharmacies as kappocheno. Walgreen’s for my Lupron, stims and Vivelle, and Freedom for my PIO. You should call around and ask for pricing from the main specialty pharmacies- the prices can vary widely, depending on which companies have incentive programs running. I did utilize the HEART program also. Walgreen’s has a “fertility plan” that saved me a lot of money on Lupron.
It definitely pays to call and ask! Good luck!
I used Alexander’s Twin Pharmacy for my last 2 cycles and they’ve been wonderful to work with and beat others prices. I don’t remember all the others I checked because this last cycle, I just went with Alexander’s. Also, if you wait to the last minute to order (which I ended up doing a few times), they will overnight it for $10. Definitely a life saver when things get stressful! Here’s their site, good luck!!!
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My RE recommended ivfmeds.com but they are overseas. I actually paid much less and got them quickly when I paid for quicker shipping. If ur RE has ur plan in place, then he should know ur meds early enough for u to get them from anywhere you choose.
for your :bfp: !
We are ordering from IVFmeds as well for our next round. I’ve calculated the price and it is saving us nearly half (which is several thousand because I’m a poor responder and need high doses.) I wish I’d known about it the last 2 times.
My nurse suggested we order about 6 weeks before starting stims.
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]I too have used Freedom and Walgreen’s Specialty Pharmacies. I have also recently used Mandell’s Clinical Pharmacy, and they were great too! All of these pharmacies were mail order, of course.[/SIZE][/FONT]
Another vote for Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy. We were told to expect $2800 in medication costs for our donor cycle with using Metro Drugs. (Our RE likes this company, those his nurse and several patients HATE them!)
Because our nurse knew how much we hated Metro from our last IVF round, she sent the donor’s med precription to Walgreens Specialty. Their cost was $1800 (a tad less, actually) for 30 vials of Bravelle, Lupron 2 week kit, Pregnyl, and various other prescription meds. So…I think they are pretty competetive!
Forgot to mention, but a lot of the meds can and will be covered at your copay if you have a prescription plan. For example, Lupron (Luprolide Acetate) isn’t necessarily a fertility drug. For me, it was covered at my copay. The same thing with the PEO (Progesterone Ethyl Oleate) injections…copay, and the Vivelle patches…
Your OOP costs will vary significantly according to benefits, so choices in pharmacies will show difference in prices. Wherever you choose, make sure they verify your benefits before you place your order!!
Again, good luck!!
[quote=zazu13]We are ordering from IVFmeds as well for our next round. I’ve calculated the price and it is saving us nearly half (which is several thousand because I’m a poor responder and need high doses.) I wish I’d known about it the last 2 times.
My nurse suggested we order about 6 weeks before starting stims.[/quote]I also saved about half by using ivfmeds.com and recommend them highly! The drugs are exactly the same as those you would get in the US (many are patented and so are produced by the exact same manufacturer). There are price caps on drugs in European countries which is why they’re so much less expensive than in the US.
Thanks everyone~~appreciate the help and advice!