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Asda announces 'not for profit' price on IVF drugs

**Lowest price saves consumers £820 per cycle of treatment

**Asda Pharmacy offers IVF medication at a lower cost than anywhere else

Today, Asda announces a commitment to sell IVF drugs on a ‘not for profit’ basis. The cost of a private prescription for IVF medication varies between pharmacies, who are able to charge at their discretion.

Asda’s commitment to sell IVF drugs on a ‘not for profit’ basis means that one cycle of treatment would cost £1,171.41, compared to £1,993.93 at an independent pharmacy surveyed, a saving of £820 1. Superdrug will charge £1,919.22 per cycle and Boots will charge £1,893.70.

A UK-wide postcode lottery determines how many cycles a woman receives for free before she has to start paying. Currently, 71% of PCTs only offer one or two free treatment cycles, while fertility experts recommend 3 cycles of treatment per patient. This means a significant proportion of the tens of thousands of women who undergo IVF every year will have to pay for at least one cycle of treatment.

According to research by Asda, 63% of people are unaware that private prescription prices vary between pharmacies, with the majority of people (76%) going to the same pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. A staggering 92% of people surveyed have never compared the prices of private prescription drugs.

John Evans, Superintendent Pharmacist at Asda, comments:

“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.

“The Asda pharmacy is helping to reduce the cost of IVF by offering the medication on a not for profit basis and at a lower price than anywhere else, saving our customers as much as £820 per cycle of treatment.”

Infertility is the most common reason for women aged 20-45 to see their GP after pregnancy itself and affects 3.5 million people in the UK.

Posted in Press Centre on 03 March 2010