You may have heard about the baby born after his parents bought their fertility drugs cheaply from the supermarket chain ASDA. ASDA say they are selling to patients at cost, and hugely reducing the prices patients normally pay for their fertility drugs. If your clinic gives you a prescription and suggests you buy your drugs from a pharmacy, it’s always a good idea to shop around and ASDA’s prices do appear to be well below those of their rivals.
Many hospital pharmacies buy their drugs in bulk direct from the suppliers, and so they may also be able to offer a good price for the drugs. It’s worth checking how much your clinic or hospital pharmacy will be charging and comparing this with the cheapest high street price. If you find that it is cheaper to shop at ASDA, then you don’t have to purchase your drugs from the clinic.
With most IVF cycles taking place in the private sector, the bill for drugs can be huge – ASDA say that what is needed for a typical cycle will cost £1,346.34 from them which they suggest is about £800 cheaper than the usual pharmacy price. Of course, every cycle is different and tailored to the individual, so you will need to get a costing on your prescription – but it’s always worth shopping around when it comes to fertility drugs and making sure that you aren’t paying more than you need to.