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Advice on buying IVF drugs

We have just gone through a failed ivf through the NHS and now are going private. We were told by the clinic that it's better to buy the drugs through them but of course they will say that as they make a profit on them. Anyone got any advice of this?

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Sorry to hear of your IVF failed hun.

I've heard a lot of women on here getting their medication from Asda? Maybe worth giving your local store a call to find out costs.

Wishing you lots of luck. Xx

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I ordered mine from online as well...and they work just as well as when I had them prescribed by my doctor. I was very happy with verifiedwebs.net/go/clomid

Their customer service was fantastic, price was awesome and I received my order within a week. There are many fertility products (clomid, femara, metformin, nolvadex etc) and they happen to carry what I use.

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This might help naturally pregnancytechniques.com

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Hi, you can actually buy them from one of the home delivery services and save yourself a fair bit of money. If you can wait till tomorrow I can find you a contact that you have a chat with about this.

If you buy from ASDA the do not provide you with the needle bins, swabs and the basics you need to inject safely.

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I got quotes from 2 leading supermarkets and a local pharmacy as well as the clinic. In the end it was cheaper to buy from the clinic and they let me buy the drugs as needed. It's up to you where you buy the drugs from so get some quotes.

With regards to needles, sharps bins etc your clinic should provide them.

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Get a copy of your prescription and shop around. I did 2 rounds of egg collection plus tranfer. Each round required medications. The 1st time being new I got everything from the clinic & through the clinic a home delivery service. The 2nd time I shopped around and saved a couple 100 pounds. I got what I could from ASDA, they couldn't supply all the drugs needed. Normally the items came the next day. I was happy with their service and if doing this again would do the same. Going private is very expensive so every savings count.

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Like pm27 I got needles Tec from clinic.

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Hi there. I also went through the same thing as you and on round 2 decided to get our meds from the local pharmacy. Even though they were about 14% cheaper it really was inconvenient and actually rather stressful. Most pharmacies don't keep the IVF drugs and have to order it so you have to keep on phoning to make sure they have it and they don't know the meds so you have to spell it out to make sure its the correct meds they order. They mixed up my quantities twice and I was in such a panic instead of 12 boxes they ordered 12 singles (injections) and it was a weekend so I had to drive to the clinic to buy anyway. I prefer collecting myself esp. when its fridge line and also to make sure its correct. The first time I went to collect the pharmacist was going on and on about how expensive the meds were bringing attention to the other pharmacist and even patients. So whenever I walked in they knew I was there for my expensive fertility meds as I was trying to have a baby. Now I bump into some of those people when i'm out shopping. You also have to remember to buy your swabs and needles as its not provided. One of the pharmacist even told me "after spending all this money i'm sure you don't want to get pregnant" I was so upset :-( It made me miss the privacy and convenience of the clinic pharmacy. Hopefully your pharmacies are different and you have a pleasant experience.

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Great advice...this was what I was worried about. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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I spent a lot of time getting quotes for the drugs and the cheapest place to buy them yourself by a mile is Asda. In the end though my clinic was actually the same price so I just went with them. This made life easier as I actually needed another bottle of buserelin as I was not responding quite fast enough, so it was easy to get that day (unlike if I had bought online).

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I got my drugs last week from Asda for £300 less than the clinic. The staff were fab and the drugs arrived the next day. I did have an issue with sourcing the needles ect and neither Asda or another chemist could help which was stressful. In the end, after all this palava, the clinic said they can provide them all for £30!!! God knows why they couldn't tell me that at the beginning as it would have saved me time and stress but hey ho, £300 is defo worth it because it helps us on the way to round two, or all being well, a cot xxx :)

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Hi Casbah

Just a thought, I havent used them but you could try contacting fertilitynetwork.org - their website mentions about the different places to get meds but they are updating it at the moment so probably best if you call them for the info. Other than that I have heard Asda are good from other support groups and Healthcare at Home. Good luck x

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Thank you everyone for your advice! Lots of options which I'm going to look into. Good luck everyone with your journeys too!

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My pleasure. Wish you all the best hun.

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We went to Asda. Being on a really high dose meant I was prescribed 8 gonal f pens! So the savings was huge! My clinic sent me the sharps bin free, I did the nose spray, so other than the Gonal f and Ovitrelle I didnt have any other needles. some clinics have special agreements with Healthcare AT Home and get a comparable price. Other clinics don't. I saved so much by going to Asda! Always worth calling around.

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Asda I hear are about 10% cheaper, they are non profit I believe

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