Study Finds Fertility Program Prevents Medication Waste, Loss, Missed Doses
People receiving injectable fertility drugs through a specialty pharmacy order review program expressed high satisfaction with the offering, found a recent study by AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy and Walgreen Co. Researchers also observed that the services helped reduce waste due to incorrect storage and prevented late or missed doses, producing savings of almost $50,000.
In 2012, AllianceRx Walgreens started the Fertility Order Review (FOR) program to assist people who are self-administering injectable fertility medications, helping ease the anxiety that these patients often deal with. On the day a person’s first order arrives, a fertility nurse calls them to go over the order’s contents, including each item’s purpose and proper storage; direct them to online patient guides available in English and Spanish on administration, medication and fertility education; alert them to expiration dates; educate them about setting up refill reminders; and answer any patient questions.