Post # 1
In need of some guidance. I will be starting my first IVF cycle late January (TTC 2 years, 5 failed IUIs, 2% morphology, and no other known issues) and currently working on getting price quotes for medications. So far the cheapest is from a European pharmacy, IVFmeds.com, with a savings of over $1200. I see many people have used this without any problems. My questions are has anyone had success using the rebate coupons for Menopur or Follistim? Have you used the rebate with IVFmeds.com or just used it with pharmacies in the states? And overall thoughts if used IVFmeds.com? Any other pharmacy suggestions, I have ZERO coverage for fertility treatments. Thanks for any tips.
So far I have gotten quotes from Alexanders Twin Pharmacy (this is the pharmacy my RE uses but they said I can shop around), IVFmeds.com, WINfertility, Avella, and IVFprescriptions.com.
Post # 2
Many pharmacies have discount programs if you qualify (I’m not sure what the income level cutoff is as we didn’t qualify), and even if you don’t you can still get 10% off usually and use rebates. I didn’t keep track but probably spent around $5K in meds for my last IVF cycle and maybe saved $500-800 with the discounts. I used Mandell’s Pharmacy two years and they were fantastic. Personally I wouldn’t use a super discounted pharmacy, especially in another country, but I have heard of people doing it.
Post # 3
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I used IVF pharmacy.com for my Menopur and was very happy with them. As RunnerBride13 :
mentioned, there are also some med discount programs in the US. Before my husband graduated from grad school the discount we qualified for on Follisitm with these programs made the price of Follistim in the US equal to the price we would have paid for it from overseas pharmacies. One more thing you should know- the Follistim/Gonal-F pens always have a little bit more (approximately 75 IU for all sizes of vials in my experience, occasionally more) in them than they say they do, and it is not propotional by the size of the vial, but the price is. Therefore if you buy multiple 300IU vials you will get more meds than if you buy the bigger sizes. this can add up to huge savings in the long run- especially if you end up needing higher doses like I did, as Follistim in the US runs just under $1 per IU!