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.

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Angela Maas

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. She also has written for Spotlight on Market Access since its 2017 launch. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at Hem Aware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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