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Asda maintains commitment to 'not for profit' IVF treatment nationwide

August 8, 2017 00:59pm
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  • Asda Pharmacy’s not-for-profit IVF drugs cost £1374 per cycle

  • With over 255 in store pharmacies offering the service nationwide, potential parents across the UK are able to access treatment

  • Not for profit service ensures affordable and accessible IVF medication is available to everyone

As cuts to NHS funding for IVF treatment have reignited concerns over a ‘postcode lottery’ for women seeking treatment, Asda has reaffirmed its commitment to offering their ‘not for profit’ IVF service in 255 Asda Pharmacies across the UK.

Asda first launched its pioneering service in 2010 to help ensure IVF could be affordable and accessible to all. Today, as thousands of potential parents face the concern of not being able to access the treatment that would allow them to have a family, Asda has restated its commitment to continuing the service. At Asda, one cycle of treatment will cost £1374*and customers using the service have face to face access to a Pharmacist, unlike many online services that offer the treatment.

Infertility continues to be the most common reason for women ages 20-45 to see their GP, after pregnancy itself, and affects 3.5 million people in the UK - the equivalent of one in six couples.* Yet despite the acknowledgement of infertility as a serious medical condition, accessing the treatment remains challenging for many. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that the NHS should offer three full cycles of IVF for women under 40 who have not become pregnant after two years of trying. But the recommendations are not binding - it is up to local NHS providers to decide what to offer, meaning the offer can vary from three cycles to none depending on where a woman lives.

Faisal Tuddy, Asda’s Superintendent Pharmacist: “We know that a considerable number of women have to pay for additional cycles of IVF treatment; a process that is financially, as well as emotionally, draining. Asda is known for offering great value for families wherever they live in the UK and so it makes sense for us that we do what we can to help people get access to the treatment they need, regardless of where they live. Our not for profit IVF service has been a huge success since we launched in 2010 and we’re committed to helping even more people on their journey to becoming parents. .”

For case study examples of families supported by Asda’s Not for Profit IVF treatment click here: https://www.asdagoodliving.co.uk/family/healthy-living/how-ivf-changed-the-lives-of-these-three-couples?platform=facebook
*The cost of a cycle of treatment has been calculated based on the prices of the following: Suprecur Injection 5.5ml (x4), Northisterone 5mg (x21), Synarel Nasal Spray 60 Dose (x2), Menopur 75iu (x 48), Pregnyl 5000iu (x 2), Cyclogest 400mg (x 36), Menopur 75iu (x 20), Cyclogest 200mg (x 84).

For further information contact your local Asda pharmacy. If you are a journalist, contact our Press Office on 01138262829.

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