IVF Journey – Getting Our Ducks in a Row: Finding an RE and Pharmacy Before the Trip

An IVF Journey

I have been spending the last week trying to keep organized and figure out what I can get done where.

One issue to address is my need to have my uterine lining checked before heading up to Canada. This entails finding a fertility clinic in our home city that is willing to do “outside monitoring”. I had hoped my GYN could do it, but both she and the Canadian clinic wanted me to go to an RE. I thought it would be relatively straightforward, but it took calls to a couple different clinics…

Next shuffle has been to figure out obtaining the medications. For our South Africa cycle, we used a UK pharmacy called IVF Meds which regularly sends medication to the US because their prices are cheaper than US pharmacies. However, for our Canadian cycle, our Canadian clinic cannot mail the meds and I don’t have anyone in Canada to go to a pharmacy to pick them up and mail to me in the US.

I started calling US pharmacies to compare prices and was being told that a US doctor would have to write the prescription. While I have found a clinic in my home city to do my uterine lining check, this US clinic will not re-write the Canadian clinic’s prescription so that I can submit a US doctor’s prescription to a US pharmacy. I was feeling discouraged until it turned out that the least expensive of the 4 pharmacies I called – Apothecary – said they would accept my Canadian doctor’s prescription.

I had been under the understanding that Canadian pharmacies would not send medications to the US, but the US pharmacies were all so expensive that I decided to do a Google search for Canadian pharmacies selling fertility medications and was elated to find Ontario-based Glen Shields Pharmacy which said they would mail the medications to me in the US. Glen Shields’ prices for my 3 medications total $671 verses Apothecary were my medications would cost $1,368. A $700 savings! Apothecary ships free on orders over $400 and I’ll have to pay international post on my order from Glen Shields Pharmacy, but it certainly won’t come to $700.

Glen Shields Pharmacy did say that they don’t usually ship to the US (they only accept prescriptions from Canadian doctors) so they don’t know if US customs will stop my order from coming into the country, but since our injectable medications arrived from our UK pharmacy, I feel relatively secure this will work.  I have just emailed the nurse at my Canadian clinic to ask her to fax my prescription to Glen Shields Pharmacy.  I feel badly that I cause her a lot of extra work, but she’s been very patient with all my additional needs coordinating a cycle from the US.

 
 

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