Ordering IVF drugs - Lloyds pharmacy etc vs clinic service - any experience?
mrsroboto · 04/06/2017 14:34
I've had 1x fresh ICSI and 1x frozen transfer cycle via private clinic. They ordered all the drugs for me and for the fresh cycle this cost over £1000 from a company called Stork/Biodose. Didn't mind paying for this so much as had to be delivered refrigerated but I saw the service charge was £50.
Second cycle I had nasal spray, tablets and pessaries and they still charged the £50 service charge. Happily I had a BFP so need to order more pessaries and progynova but don't want to pay Stork charge/prices so looking at Lloyds it's far cheaper, will save me £100!
Only thing is I'm not too sure of the process with a private prescription - it says you have to send the paper prescription off to a freepost address then they'll process your order and deliver it. But could I also just bring it into a branch of Lloyds pharmacy to order, so it doesn't get lost in the post etc?
Any tips welcome....
JoJoSM2 · 04/06/2017 16:57
Whenever I had a private prescription, I just walked into my local branch where they ordered if not in stock. I imagine it's exactly the same for fertility meds.
mrsroboto · 04/06/2017 22:56
thanks, I was hoping i'd be able to do that! one less thing to worry about...
mrsroboto · 07/06/2017 18:35
Right, well just for future reference... Lloyds is very confusing and gave us misleading info.
Online, the prescription costs were about £79. You had to order online then send off the paper prescription, but got free delivery or collect in a store.
Rang to ask if just ordering instore would be a different price and they said they 'didn't see why not'.
Took prescription in today and they called back just now and said it would be £175. When I asked why it was different they said it's because the online store has little to do with their pharmacy as a branch. Really p'd off that I spent two days chasing this prescription and picking it up, dropping it off, to try and save £100 when I can't even do that!
I'll still do the online ordering as long as I can check it's not going to take ages as I'll need them soon.
JoJoSM2 · 08/06/2017 10:05
That's insane! I've always used the pharmacy and have never compared prices - I'll know better for next time
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