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Hello All

We are about to start a second course of IVF and wondered if anyone knows which is the best place to buy the cheapest drugs (menopur) .
The first time (which was unsuccesful) I managed to get them from my GP but they can only fund one course.

Thanks

Frankie

The following are the same company (Serono):-
Applied Dispensary Services 0800 3285323
Clinovia 01279 456789
Ferring 0870 2400518
Healthcare at Home 0870 3332867
Calea/Organon 0870 7492020 (but this branch doesn't supply Menopur)


The following are different independent chemists:-
Fazely Pharmacy 01827 262488
West Town Chemist 01733 564144
Pharmasure Ltd 01923 233466 (also have a website www.pharmasure.co.uk)
Ali's at Shadwell 0207 790 9150
Central Homecare 01420 543400


My prescription is as follows:-
Menopur 75iu x 55
Pregnyl 5000iu x 2
Pregnyl 1500iu x 2
Cyclogest 400mg x 36
Buserelin 5.5ml x 2

Total cost from clinic = £994.50 not including £3 per item dispensing fee


Sharps kit required as follows
Buserelin - approx 30 syringes, approx 30 injection needles, swabs, cotton pads, sharps disposal bin
Menopur & Pregnyl - approx 30 syringes, approx 30 mixing needles, approx 30 injection needles, swabs, cotton pads, sharps disposal bin


Quotes obtained today are as follows:-
Applied Dispensary Services/Ferring
Package price inc delivery £779.33 not including sharps and bin but they are obliged to provide it if you specifically ask for it when ordering

Fazeley Pharmacy
Menopur £12.20 per amp
Pregnyl 5000 £7.19 for 2
Pregnyl 1500 £3.60 for 2
Cyclogest 75p each
Buserelin £15 per bottle
P&P £9.95
Package price inc delivery £748.74 and need to request sharps

West Town Chemist
Menopur total cost £788.28
Pregnyl total cost £13.10
Cyclogest total cost £27.22
Buserelin total cost £30
P&P £25
Package price inc delivery £877.05

Pharmasure Ltd
Menopur total cost £728.75 includes full menopur sharps kit and bin
Pregnyl total cost £32.72 includes £20 charge for cold shipping the items
Cyclogest 80p each, total cost £28.80
Buserelin £16.41 each, total cost £32.82 + £5 for Buserelin sharps kit
Package price inc delivery and all sharps and bins £828.09

Ali's at Shadwell
Menopur £13.65 per amp
Pregnyl £5 each + £25 p&p
Cyclogest 85p each
Buserelin £15.50 each
Package price inc delivery £872.35

Central Homecare
Menopur total cost £638 with sharps
Pregnyl 5000iu £8.10
Pregnyl 1500iu £5.50
Cyclogest total cost £29.81
Buserelin total cost £32.94 with pack
Package price inc delivery £714.35


Lesson learned 1 - if you're ordering drugs that need cold delivery, check the delivery costs. May be worth while getting your cold delivery drugs on a seperate prescription if you want to source them direct from your clinic and take them home to ensure safe delivery.

Lesson learned 2 - always check to see if your clinic will provide your sharps/syringes, bins, swabs etc or if the place you're buying your drugs from will provide them, and of course how much they cost

Lesson learned 3 - check P&P costs overall and delivery lead times.

Lesson learned 4 - before you send off your prescription, scan it/photocopy it, and send it to your drug supplier recorded post with your contact details including home and mobile phone number, and a covering letter

That's all I can think that occurred to me whilst I was ringing around talking to these people. I'm off to post my prescription to Central Homecare!

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Hi girls,

I use a clinic in London in Wigmore st. 'John Bell and Croydon'. They seem to stock everything that my clininc precribes. I don't know if they are cheap as I haven't used any other chemist to compare prices. However, I would assume that if they keep a large stock of everything their prices might be comparable.

Telula - You will need a prescription for the HCG drug - You might be able to get that from your GP though - have you tried?

Crystal
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Hi Emily,

I think the chemist in Peterborough is called West Town Chemist. Tel 01733 311150 Fax. 01733 3564144
Chemists name is Murley Pirmohamed.

Hope this helps
Good Luck
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I have been told about a cheap place to buy IVF/ICSI drugs.  The chemist is in Peterborough.  It is called West Town Chemist. It is at mayor's walk near the district hospital. The phone number is 01733 564144.  The chemist is Murley Pirmohamed. His rates are really reasonable, but if you are on puregon, the cheapest place for that is Home Care, Organon, whose number is 0870 749 2020 - Organon's IF dept is also called Calea UK.

I believe CARE Notts is cheap for drugs. Call 01159 667731 Zoe, 01159 667732 Suzanna or 01159 667730 Jenny and ask for a quote - they buy their drugs from Clinovia so it might be cheaper to go to Clinovia direct - I'm not sure as someone told me that CARE Notts is cheaper because they bulk buy from Clinovia so get a discount.  Best to ring and get a quote from both places.

Clinovia is the supplier that I have used in the past (they are very professional and helpful I have found).  The drugs are delivered by the next day after they receive your prescription so nice and quick.  

Clinovia Ltd
PO Box 26
62 High Street
Ware
Herts
SG12 8YA

Tel: 01279 456705 or 01279 456789 (I ask for Paula Miller as she is very professional I have found)
Web page: www.clinovia.co.uk


I have also been told that Tesco are very good and competitively priced with their IVF drugs, you could also get a quote from Boots the Chemist as they sell IVF drugs.


The best thing is to ring around getting quotes.

Hope this helps.

Jenny



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Hi all,

Just want to add that I have used Murley at West Town three times now, all with excellent service so would throughly recommend him!

Jen xxx
 

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Hi Jenny,

Her is the number for Applied Dispensary services: 0870 2400 518. They gave me a quote over the phone. The next stage is for me to send in my persciption and then they debit your credit card and send out the drugs for next day delivery.

Good luck xx
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Abbi,

I was at the Isis and compared to West Town Chemist's prices (contact details somewhere on this thread!), they were expensive so we went through West Town by just asking the Isis to give us the prescription.  As a comparison the West Town price for cyclogest is 50p each and the Isis charge £1 each!

Good luck!

Love Jen xxx
 

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Hi L
You 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. our second cheapest was ferring on 08702400518, we too had the same problem with clinovia. The chemist in Peterborough comes highly recommended and he does not make any mark up just charges an admin fee of 10 pounds, give them  ago!
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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 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/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

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Hi,
Alis Chemist in Shadwell have great prices. Boots quoted me £54 per box of 10 clexane, as did a few other pharmacies. He charged £34 (really nice helpful guy too)
Tel - 7790 9150, located in Shadwell, E1 (Near DLR/East London Line tube stop).
Hope this helps
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Hi

Ditto the above (Ali's chemist is local to me and I used them too) but you must get a price check. He is VERY reasonable for most stuff but Peterborough was cheaper for eg Orgalutran (£25 per vial compared to Ali's £35)
This was still £15 cheaper than my clinic who wanted £50 per vial!!

The message is....SHOP AROUND!!

Hope this helps
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Hi all, I have been reading the forum for myself and the wife for some weeks now and it has been very usefull and informative.

Particularly , as we are heading for our second attempt at ICSI, we needed to pay for the next lot of drugs. I found a local pharmacy in the midlands who managed to improve on quotes that I had from all others listed on the furum. It definatly worth a few phone calls.

I dont know what he would do about postage as we picked the bag of suff up ourselves but by all means give him a try if anyone is searching.

In particular we were getting Orgalutron and Menopur as the expensive drugs.

Tel Tamworth (01827) 262488.  Ask to speak to the pharmasist and mention that you got his number from this web site.

Good luck to everyone

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sure sweetie...
Home Care Plan Service
9.00-7.00pm Monday - Friday 08707492020
will let you know how it all goes with del people. They are so helpfull....  good luck
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Sorry I couldn't be bothered ;) to read through all 11 pages to see if anyone else has posted this - but I have found Boots online pharmacy to be the cheapest.

http://www.boots.com/microsites/microsite_info_template.jsp?contentId=2798

You need a prescription, they give you a quote by email and then you post the prescription to them and then they send the drugs out recorded delivery, usually within a coupole of days. Very efficient and personalised service, they ring you if there is a delay, query etc.

Would be interested if anyone has found anywhere cheaper though.

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I just bought some from Applied Dispensary Services - 0870 2400518. 

You call them up and they give you a quote on the phone (last week they quoted £13 for 75ui of menopur), then if you want to buy from them you send in your prescription (must be original copy), they call you back the next day to take credit card details and then deliver them by courier the following day.  They are based in W. Yorks but they deliver to all parts (I'm in Bristol).  You pay a £30 dispensary fee and that covers delivery cost.  I thought it was a very good service and much cheaper than buying through the Lister where I'm being treated.

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Hello

I think most clinics know (and understand) why we get drugs outside. ARGC referred me to Alis chemist in Shadwell to get HUmira (they gave me the phone number without me asking)

I think it is worth asking your doctor about this rather than relying on what one fertility nurse says.
MOst of us dont get our drugs direct from the clinics pharmacy as its much pricier.

I had Puregon and found the Shadwell chemist already (via my local chemist) and was able to save hundreds of pounds.

Tpo give an example , my first clinic (LFC) charged £300 for 600 IU Puregon. Alis cost me about £235 for £600 IU (and was the cheapest I could find)
I also saved £15 PER VIAL of ORGALUTRAN (£35 at Alis compared to £50 at LFC)

They made no secret of this and the doctor told me I may get the medication cheaper outside the clinic.

BTW Ali does mail order too and so does the chemist in Peterborough, who is also cheap.

Hope this helps
Plink

(Incidentally, a private prescription can be 'cashed' in any pharmacy, you are not obliged to use the clinic's own pharmacy supply. Alis chemist told me they have patients going there from all over the place. He is based in E1)
 

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'Allied Dispensary services'  , and you can contact them:

Allied Dispensary Services
Unit 4,
Pioneer Way
Pioneer Business Park
Castleford
WF10 5QU

0870 2400518

Hope that helps!
I've spoken to them today, they've been very helpful, and the prices they quote are good too.

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I made a few phone calls today to my clinic Lister, Ferring, & Fazeley Pharmacy.  The Fazeley chemist came out slightly cheaper than Ferring (I won't even bother mentioning the price they quoted me at the Lister!). The pharmacist at the Fazeley is lovely - he charges the same price as the British National Formulary - he told me that he's got a contract to provide drugs for NHS patients but doesn't think that private patients should lose out, especially when the drugs are for IVF.

The price I was quoted is:

Synarel 60 £55.66
Menopur £13.50 per vial
Ovitrelle £33.31.

Hopes this help

Ronnie
 
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