Asda starts price war on IVF drugs

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  • Supermarket Asda announces it is to sell IVF drugs with £820 discount in an attempt to become the UK's most competitive pharmacy...

    Supermarket Asda is to sell IVF drugs with £820 discount in an attempt to become the UK’s most competitive pharmacy.

    The grocer said it was committed to selling the drugs on a ‘not for profit‘ basis, compared to prices charged by other chains such as Boots or Superdrug.

    Currently those wanting IVF treatment face a postcode lottery to determine how many free cycles they can get before paying anywhere up to £2,000 for the hormones needed for the treatment.

    Asda‘s superintendent pharmacist at John Evans said: ‘We know that an IVF postcode lottery means a considerable number of women will have to pay for additional cycles of treatment. IVF is extremely expensive and around 40,000 women go through it every year.’

    Patient organisation Infertility Network UK welcomed the announcement. Their chief executive Clare Lewis-Jones said: ‘Many patients who should be eligible for NHS treatment are being forced to pay for private treatment due to the appalling lack of full implementation of the NICE fertility guidelines plus the incredibly restrictive eligibility criteria being applied by many PCTs.’



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