Budgeting meds

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Registered: 10-05-2006
Budgeting meds
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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 10:37pm

I wanted to share my experience with the sticker prices of the meds. When I spoke with the pharmacy for the first time, I was quoted $2,618.71 for the medicine the doctor called in. The price

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Registered: 02-29-2000
Tue, 01-31-2012 - 2:12am

It's crazy, isn't it, the cost of the meds!

Let me add, for those who are new to this, that meds like Follistim or Gonal-f come in different sizes (like 300iu, 600iu and 900iu). If your clinic didn't tell you, these are always packaged with more meds than the package indicates because they have to make sure that the package has at least what is listed. With my Follistim cartridges, I used the 900iu, but routinely got more than 1000iu total. If you get close to the end of the cartridge, don't change it out just because you think you have used the amount in the cartridge. Use it until the injector stops, then switch the vial. I probably saved at least the cost of one or maybe two vials because of this.

Be sure to ask which company has the best price for the medicines you use. There is a difference between pharmacies, and one may have a better price for Follistim, while another has the best price for Gonal-f. Shopping around can help!

Also, check with your prescription insurance, some of your meds (like PIO) might be covered with just the co-pay. I was surprised that some of mine did get covered by insurance, even though I have no insurance coverage for infertility treatments (none of the stims were covered, but the PIO, Vivelle and I think one other did get covered).

And as Christy stated, it is always a good idea to plan ahead for the unexpected!!

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Registered: 10-20-2008
Tue, 01-31-2012 - 9:24am
Not only do you have a little bit extra in the follistim cartridge, but even when the injector stops, there is a little bit in the tip. I've used a diabetic needle to extract the extra bit in the tip and I can usually get at least 25 more units from it. It's liquid gold, and I don't waste an ounce!
Me (42) DH (52)
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Registered: 07-02-2007
Mon, 02-06-2012 - 8:11pm

Great tips Christy!

- Sandy (44) DS (natural) born just before my 41st birthday. TTC#2. Only issue: egg/embryo quality due to age. Clomid & multiple IUIs w/follistim &menopur = BFN. IVF#1 (Nov 2011) = 12 eggs, 9 mature & fertilized. Transferred 3 embryos (1-3BB, 2-3
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Registered: 11-30-1999
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:07pm

I'm so glad you mentioned the meds.

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Registered: 01-02-2011
Sat, 03-17-2012 - 12:55pm

Hi Elizabeth,

Stacey, 37 and husband 42; Trying to conceive since 2007. Tubal pregnancy 2007 with loss of rt side fallopian tube. IVF#1, Sept 2011, cancelled due to low response; IVF#2, Jan2012,microflare protocol, hoping for a better response this time!
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Registered: 11-30-1999
Sat, 03-17-2012 - 2:41pm

I had found 2 different overseas pharmacies but the only one that looked reliable was www.ivfmeds.com.

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Registered: 01-02-2011
Sat, 03-17-2012 - 3:37pm

Thanks Elizabeth!

Stacey, 37 and husband 42; Trying to conceive since 2007. Tubal pregnancy 2007 with loss of rt side fallopian tube. IVF#1, Sept 2011, cancelled due to low response; IVF#2, Jan2012,microflare protocol, hoping for a better response this time!