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Date: 11/7/05 Bolton
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All GP practice managers
Prescribing for female infertility
Following a recent incident, where a patient initiating private infertility (IVF) treatment was
given incorrect advice regarding the prescribing of drugs to complete her treatment course, it
is prudent to remind prescribers of arrangements in place for the prescribing of infertility
treatments on the NHS and in private settings.
The costs for drugs required for treatment of female infertility are included in the contract with
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust for these services. Therefore, GPs
should NOT be asked to prescribe NHS infertility treatments.
This also applies to referral to private services – drug costs incurred as part of the private
treatment are the responsibility of the patient. This should be made clear to the patient at
We are aware of at least one clinic that are informing patients that their GP may write an NHS
prescription, despite patients already being issuing a private prescription within the hospital.
Bolton PCT requests that all GPs politely refuse to write prescriptions for IVF.
GPs should highlight any prescribing requests from Trusts or private services to the
commissioning or medicines management teams at the PCT.
Community pharmacists are asked to query prescriptions with GPs for ALL NHS prescriptions.
Andrew White Carole Hodgkinson
Clinical Effectiveness Pharmacist Acting Director of Healthcare Commissioning
Bolton PCT Bolton PCT
Chair: Pam Senior, MA, BSc(Hons), FIBMS, Chief Executive: Dr Kevin Snee, MBChB, MSc, MBA, MRCGP, FFPHM
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