Specialty Pharmacies – The 411

Specialty Pharmacies - The 411

The Specialty Pharmacy

A specialty pharmacy is a pharmacy exclusively dedicated to providing medications that require special storage, handling, or specialized knowledge of the condition being treated. These medications are usually high-cost, complex, and are not immediately available at regular retail pharmacies.

Because infertility treatment typically involves a complicated therapy regime, requires the use of medications that must be injected and/or refrigerated, and often necessitates close monitoring by a pharmacist or nurse, certain specialty pharmacies focus solely on patients with infertility. Of the more than 57,000 pharmacies in the United States, only about 125 specialize in infertility.

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A Woman’s Place DC at Grubb’s NW Specialty Pharmacy

A Woman’s Place DC at Grubb’s NW Specialty Pharmacy is a warm and inviting place focused on serving the women’s health needs in our community. We are a team of caring and compassionate professionals focused on providing the highest level of service to our patients and providers. We are not a nationwide pharmacy, but rather a community pharmacy with the intent of providing unmatched fertility & pharmacy services to the communities we serve throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia. We are the ONLY fertility pharmacy located inside the District of Columbia. If you live near DC, MD or VA let us show you what service is all about. Start by visiting our website at http://www.grubbsnw.com. You’ll be happy that you did.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy II

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy is the largest infertility pharmacy in the entire Washington-Baltimore corridor. Our pharmacy specialty has been infertility for the past 15 years and enjoys a close relationship with many local fertility specialists. Some of us have gone through the heartache of trying to become parents, so we understand your emotional needs and support you during your journey. We supply all patients with the following educational materials: internet resources, information about the medications, their uses, and relevant tax information for those paying out of pocket. We have the largest inventory of fertility medications in the area and do not have to special order any of your prescriptions. For more information please check our website at http://www.fertilerus.com.

Apothecary by Design

Apothecary by Design is a pharmacy that’s uniquely focused on the practice of, well, pharmacy. We’re built around the forgotten notion that you don’t just need your prescription filled, but you need attention, advice and individualized care. And with competitive prices and free shipping nationwide, you’ll experience more without paying more. Our unique Clinical Support Team is eager to help you through your treatment and available to you anytime you need them to answer questions. Our entire team has extensive experience in all aspects of pharmacy services, healthcare solutions, and patient management. Tom Madden RPh, our women’s health specialty team leader—is one of only 50 pharmacists nationwide and only three in New England certified by the American College of Apothecaries in infertility treatment. For more information, please go to our website at http://www.apothecarybydesign.com/Infertility.htm

Apthorp Pharmacy

Apthorp pharmacy has been serving the upper west side of Manhattan since 1910. We have been working with and serving fertility centers, their doctors, nurses, patients and support groups for over 20 years.
We understand the needs of patients being treated for infertility. We are open 365 days a year, offer free delivery via same day messenger service in Manhattan and free FedEx overnight priority to other locations. Medications are always in stock and we take most insurance plans. We offer very competitive prices for those patients who do not have coverage for fertility medications. Our pharmacists and support staff are ready to assist you any way they can with your fertility medications. If you have any questions or need price quotes please call us toll free 1.800.775.3582. For more information, please contact: http://www.apthorprx.com

Avella Specialty Pharmacy

Avella Specialty Pharmacy is committed to helping our patients lower their out-of-pocket costs by uncovering and securing financial assistance. To learn more visit http://www.avella.com

BesScription

BesScription is a licensed specialty pharmacy dedicated to providing fertility medications, responsive customer service, and compassionate personalized support to women and men diagnosed with infertility. We are one of a kind because we treat each individual as a whole person (body, mind and spirit), instead of simply dispensing medications. We offer compounding capabilities for unique products and specialized dosages, and a wide selection of homeopathic, holistic and natural products is in stock to complement your fertility medications. From working with your physician and insurance company to delivering medications to your door, BesScription will be with you every step of the way, providing support and helping you on your journey 24 hours a day 365 days a year. BesScription is more than a pharmacy. BesScription is a comprehensive solution to your reproductive health needs. Contact us at http://www.BesScription.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-237-9419.

Freedom Fertility Pharmacy

At Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, we recognize the struggle that fertility treatment can present. It is with this in mind that Freedom has, for the last 20 years, committed ourselves to the advancement of patient services, education and support for each of our patients on their journey. Our team’s fertility-only focus gives you access to highly trained and focused professionals throughout your treatment. Additionally, our extensive educational and mobile resources ensure that you are always connected to programs designed to support and complement your treatment from start to finish. As a leader in fertility pharmacy, we recognize the importance of advocating and supporting not only current patients but also those who may be taking their first steps towards treatment.

We are proud to partner with RESOLVE in their unwavering commitment to increasing access to quality fertility care for all patients, leading the way for patient rights advocacy and their dedication to spreading awareness of infertility.

For more information on how we can support you, please visit http://www.freedomfertility.com or call us at 1-800-660-4283.

Mandell’s Pharmacy

The experts at Mandell’s Clinical Pharmacy specialize only in infertility care and take price in providing superior pharmaceutical service nationally to all of our Fertility Patients. Our staff is expertly trained to handle all of the needs of the Fertility Patient and we continually exceed our customer’s expectations. A pharmacists is available 24/7/365 to answer questions and address any concerns the patient or the physician may have. We are proud to partner with Resolve in order to achieve a common goal; Helping couples build families! For information on our services, please visit us at MandellsClinicalPharmacy.com.

MDR Pharmaceutical Care

MDR is YOUR Specialty Pharmacy for Fertility Medication. Patient care is at the center of everything we do. We are a nationwide provider and also experts in international shipments. MDR pharmacists, specialized in all aspects of infertility, are on call around the clock for emergency medication related questions. We offer competitive pricing and a comprehensive package of value added services. There is always a live voice on the phone and our staff speaks many different languages. We deeply care and strive to always provide patients with the highest quality of products and services.

Family is our inspiration. Fertility Pharmacists since 1989.
Call 1-800-515-DRUG (3784) – http://www.mdrusa.com

Metro Drugs

Metro Drugs is a full-service pharmacy offering specialized fertility care and support to our patients. Metro is a partner of choice for doctors and patients by providing expert skill with exceptional, compassionate care. We offer compounding and micro-dosing, competitive pricing, nationwide deliveries and pharmacy hours 7 days a week. Metro’s comprehensive care also includes field support for providers, customized egg donor/surrogacy services, insurance screening and advocacy, 24/7 nursing support and a multi-lingual staff. Our Metro family enjoys a genuine sense of pride and reward in helping our patients create their own families! Please visit our website at http://www.metrodrugs.com and get started!

Roxsan Pharmacy

Roxsan Pharmacy has over 40 years of compounding and 20 years of infertility experience with a highly-qualified staff to answer all your questions and take care of all your needs.

Our goal is to make sure all our patients receive high-quality service. Our team of experts provide one-on-one care and 24-hour live access to specialists trained in infertility care. Roxsan Pharmacy is committed to helping women and men build their families.

For more information, check our website or call our toll free number 1-888-371-9919.

Village Fertility Pharmacy

Village Fertility Pharmacy is a leading pharmacist-owned and operated specialty fertility pharmacy dedicated to providing unmatched service to medical professionals and their patients nationwide. With 25 years of experience, Village understands the unique nature of fertility treatments and is devoted to building committed relationships by providing compassionate support, competitive cash pricing, unmatched educational resources, and 24-hour customer care. For more information, please contact http://www.villagefertilitypharmacy.com/.

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy’s comprehensive fertility services help patients fulfill their dream of having a baby. An experienced care team of fertility nurses and pharmacists understand the fertility process, the importance of timing, and the need for personalized fertility therapy. We are committed to compassionate care and support throughout your journey to conception. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy offers:

Support from pharmacists and nurses 24/7, including holidays
Same-day emergency service
Insurance verification
Overnight shipping
Interactive educational tools
Complimentary medication materials

To learn more visit http://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/specialtypharmacy.jsp or call 800-424-9002

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Just Have Faith !

Just Have Faith !

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

I saw this scripture today and it resonated in my spirit. Holidays can be a bit daunting when you wish you had a partner and children to share it with. Christmas and Easter are especially hard. Santa… Easter Bunny and baskets…

As difficult as infertility is and as heavy as it weighs on the human spirit, we must remember that FAITH is believing God WILL do what He has promised us and that although we make plans, His plan is perfect and He orders our steps.

I have a renewed faith that God will allow my child to be born according to His time table and not mine. God operates in Kyros and Chronos ! I feel in my soul that the time is now for me to bear fruit and these babies will be everything God has shown me they will be.

#patientlywaitingtobeamommy #prayingmyfirstivftakes !

Acupuncture for Infertility- The 411

Acupuncture for Infertility-  The 411

For those considering IVF, acupuncture increases your chances of conception by 65% !

A surprising new study has demonstrated that women undergoing in vitro fertilization have a higher rate of pregnancy and live birth if they receive acupuncture at the time of their embryo transfer. The study, which looked at 1,366 women in seven different studies undergoing IVF along with acupuncture, a sham treatment or no additional treatment, found that the odds of achieving pregnancy were increased by 65% if a patient underwent acupuncture within 1 day of embryo transfer. One of the strengths of this study, is that it included women of different ages, types and durations of infertility.

These results probably don’t come as a surprise to the Chinese, who have been using acupuncture for centuries to regulate the female reproductive system. While modern scientists don’t know why acupuncture impacts fertility, they hypothesize that it could be related to neurotransmitter release, increased blood flow to the uterus, or a decreased stress response from the release of naturally produced opioids.

The 65% increase shown in this study means that for every ten women undergoing IVF, one additional woman would successfully become pregnant. Considering the cost of in vitro fertilization, which averages at over $12,000 per cycle in the US, any safe and effective means for increasing the success rate would be well received by the 10-15% of couples who seek fertility treatment at some point while trying to conceive.

Reasons to NOT use Assisted Hatching – the 411!

Reasons to NOT use Assisted Hatching - the 411!

I was researching today about assisted hatching- the procedure in which the doctor pierces the embryo to “help” it attach to the uterine wall. Well guess what…. it can cause DEFORMITY, DEATH, or CONJOINED TWINS ! I do not think so ! I have not waited ALL this time to have a baby and then get pregnant and have to deal with this. Not only can the increased risk of conjoined twins, deformity, or death be possible, but this procedure can cause other problems. (see below)

“Risks Associated with Assisted Hatching”

Unfortunately, there are some risks associated with assisted hatching procedures. In particular, assisted hatching procedures do seem to increase the likelihood that you will have identical twins (also known as monozygotic twins). This is because the micromanipulation technique used to break through the zona pellicuda can sometimes cause the embryo to split into two identical halves.

There is also an increased risk of:
damage to the embryo, potentially causing death
fetal complications
physical deformity
conjoined twins

The procedure can sometimes also cause complications for the mother, including:
high blood pressure
infection
nausea
mood swings

I will take REGULAR OLE IVF with NO TINKERING for 1000 Alex ! 🙂

Sperm Donor & Cryobank 101

Sperm Donor & Cryobank 101

After researching all of the top rated cyobanks aka sperm banks, I ultimately decided on using Fairfax Cryobank.

FC, of all cryobanks, does the most comprehensive testing of all of them. FC is the ONLY cryobank which tests for HPV and Herpes via DNA. It is important that a woman TTC (trying to conceive) not walk away from the experience with more than what she came in with and only walk away with a baby or two… or three :-).

No one wants a sexually transmitted disease !

FC has extremely strict donor guidelines and they also limit the number of births that can come from one donor.

The last thing I want is to end up on the new reality show, “Generation Cryo!”

ps: good thing I have a sense of humor, as all of this is a tad bit overwhelming !

I have made a list of the most important factors that I would want in the father of my child. I will begin my seach using that criteria.

I have opted to use a “Donor ID” as opposed to an Anonymous Donor. At the age of 18, I am allowing my child/ren the option of seeking out their “father” and developing a relationship with him, should they so choose.

My mom, sisters, godmother and my closest friends and I are going to have a “DONOR SELECTION PARTY” ! Open up a few bottles of wine, lay out a spread of cheese, appetizers and a Bible (just kidding) and narrow down my “baby daddy #49877ab2”

Plan B In Action

Plan B In Action

I spoke with my coordinator today at CNY Fertility Center and Spa and have decided on a tentative date for my IVF transfer. To plan for a Christmas birth, I am looking at having my egg retrieval done around March 28th and having the fertilized embryos implanted on April 2, 2014 !!! I made my hotel reservation to be in the city for a total of 8 days. I am going to stay two days past the procedure so that I can rest. I am praying that the little ones “stick” and 40 weeks later I will have two bundles of pink and blue 🙂

The Pain of The Journey

So many people I encounter in my daily walk have asked me; “Why is it you are so strong.  Nothing seems to bother you… You are so resilient and have so much faith.”

What people do not realize is that faith, for me, is a process.  Those who are strong, do indeed hurt and bleed as the next man does.

When something troubles me, I sit and reflect.  Of course my first phase of reflection is “why me?”…”what have I done to be deserving of this happening in my life, when those who proclaim no love of God, nor proclaim to belong to Him as I do, seemingly NEVER have problems, issues or roadblocks.”

After meditating on scripture, recalling the countless times God has delivered me from what I thought was failure to fabulous, and after digging deep to allow myself to grieve that moment and then pull myself out of despair, I remember that only polished stones go through the fire of refinement.  Had I not gone through what I went through, I would not be able to be as strong as I am, accomplish the things that I have accomplished, nor would my test become the same testimony that will comfort and deliver someone else who is going through it.

I often wonder why Mr. Right never came and why I must do this journey solo.  I wonder why God would allow my grandfather to pass away before being able to see my little blessing(s). So many others I see who have no faith walk, have no relationship with God, seem to have it all.  They have amazing husbands, all of their family around when milestones happen, such a birth, and as dynamic a woman as I have been blessed to become, where is my fairytale ending? 

At the age of 43, I no longer have the luxury of waiting for Mr. Right.  I will also not compromise on what I want and need and just accept any ole body either.  So, I came to the realization after talking to my godmother, that medical technology has advanced to the point that I can do this without waiting.  Mr. Right can come when God sends Him and I can have my child and do this with all of the love and support I have around me.

To all of the women out there who are single and afraid, I encourage you to be brave enough to take that step.  Even for couples who are married, they will tell you that it is never a GOOD TIME to start a family. 

I called my prayer partner, a well respected and known Pastor and asked her what she thought of my decision.  Her response was heartfelt and shocking.  She said that she is of the belief that ALL babies are gifts from God.  I am not out there just sleeping around fornicating to bring a child here, I am using medical technology that God, Himself, gave man knowledge of to bring life into the world.  Even if I were to conceive through fornication, nothing happens outside of God’s permission and God and ONLY God has the power to create life. WHEW!   No truer words have been spoken.  God is the giver of all things and is the creator of life. 

I read in scripture (Jeremiah) as God spoke saying Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, I knew you ! In Romans 8, I then read: For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.

And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us?
 
So to those who struggle with the decision as to whether or not to do this, if God be for you, no devil in hell can be against you !