I have just received an estimate for drugs from Healthcare at Home for the drugs and I am blown away by the price difference. Now, just to be clear, my prescription is not quite for enough drugs so I don't 'over order' but let's compare. This was the previous drug breakdown from my first egg collection cycle:
|Gonal F 900 pen x3 (£360 each)||£1080|
|Gonal F 450 pen||£180|
|Cetrotide x12 (£32 each)||£384|
|Ovitrelle single dose||£16|
This is what I was just (April 2013) quoted from Healthcare at Home:
|Gonal F 900 pen x3 (£142.56 each)||£427.68|
|Cetrotide x10 (£10.80 each)||£108|
|Ovitrelle single dose||£6.48|
|Credit Card Fee||£11.44|
Based on my previous cycle, this is two doses short of Gonal F and two doses short of Cetrotide- if my protocol lasts as long as my first. But lets be clear. This means my drugs would be almost 1/3 the cost of the drugs from the clinic!! That is a HUGE difference. Even if I have to order a couple extra doses, it will still be significantly cheaper, even with the delivery fee and credit card fee. I mean, I will be getting a Gonal F 900 pen for LESS than the cost of the clinic 450 pen!!
So this means if my previous projected cost for cycle 2 with no changes was £4471, my current projected cost for cycle 2 with the drugs listed above is £3384. Even if I have to purchase a Gonal F 450 pen and two more Cetrotide from my clinic (although why would I?) the projected cost will be £3628 for a total projected savings of £843. And if I do need extra drugs and buy them from Healthcare at Home then I will save a bit more (around £40 more based on the above costs) even with delivery and credit card fees, so still worth it!
Part of me is annoyed I didn't know to check this out for my first cycle. I'm also a tiny bit annoyed that my clinic never mentioned it, although obviously they make profit on selling the drugs, so I don't entirely fault them. To be honest although I think it would be a nice thing to do, it's really not their job to mention it- I didn't specifically ask if there was any way to reduce my costs either. However, I definitely know where I'll be getting my drugs from for cycle two. I need to get on with ordering them now as I'm out of the country for most of May and when I get back for the start of June it will be time for round two. But I'll keep updated here with my drug purchasing experience. So far Healthcare at Home has a huge endorsement from me (if you can't tell by my repeating their name and posting the link :) )