ABC News recently ran an article by Kerri O’Brien about couples wanting a baby “so desperately, there is almost nothing they wouldn’t try…including buying fertility medications found on the black market” in order to save money. Dr. John Park of Carolina Conceptions cautions patients NOT to purchase their medications in this way.
“Buying fertility medications on the black market is risky for several reasons,” shared Dr. Park. “My biggest concern is that there is no guarantee the medications were stored properly. Most fertility medications need to be refrigerated, otherwise the effectiveness will be reduced.”
“Some patients also try to purchase medications from foreign pharmacies, another idea I discourage,” continued Dr. Park. “I have had patients spend thousands of dollars on medications from pharmacies from another country, only to find the medications get held up in customs and they are scrambling at the last minute to find meds locally.”