Some may know this already but I just learned today that Bravelle, the drug that is subcutaneously injected to stimulate egg production during infertility treatment, has been recalled in the United States for anyone who took it between March 27, 2014, and October 2015. Per Ferring’s letter that my RE provided a copy of to me this morning, it “did not meet the potency requirements” and was voluntarily removed off the US market.
What this means is that Ferring Pharmaceuticals, who makes this drug, is issuing refunds to anyone who used it during that time for their out-of-pocket costs. So basically, if you took Bravelle during this time period, and had to pay for it yourself because your insurance did not cover us (as was our situation – we paid $1,200 out of pocket last year when we were doing Bravelle + IUI), get in touch with your fertility doctor pronto.
You can also call Ferring’s recall line at 1-877-650-3482 to check if you are eligible. You will need proof of purchase so if you bought this from your pharmacy, they can get you a copy, or if you bought it directly from your RE, get proof of purchase from them on their letterhead (which is what we’ve done). They will register you over the phone then send you a kit to send back your documentation and, if you have any leftover meds, that as well.
What a clusterf***!
PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS STATIONS – GO TO THE ‘CONTACT US’ LINK ON THEIR WEBSITE AND MOST WILL HAVE A PLACE TO SUBMIT NEWS TIPS – HOPEFULLY THIS WILL GET THE WORD OUT AS FERRING DOES *NOT* HAVE THIS ON THEIR WEBSITE!