Hi All. First post on this forum - been a bit of a lurker up to now.
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 ampuleWest 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 pensBoots online - http://www.boots.com/microsites/microsite_info_template.jsp?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) :Serono/ADS - 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)
btw. If your clinic tells you that you HAVE to buy your drugs from them I would say they are on legally dodgy ground - I don't think the HFEA would be very impressed, and mentioning that you will check it with the HFEA may change their mind. Failing that speak to your local Citizens Advice Bureau who may be able to advise on the legal position. (Although I understand that confrontation is the last thing we need when going through IF treatment)
Hope this helps