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There’s a Black Market on Social Media for Pricey Fertility Drugs

Published by Bloomberg. Read the full article.

The high costs for IVF and egg freezing treatments have sent patients searching for cheaper ways to buy the drugs.

After in vitro fertilization led to a miscarriage, Lindsay found herself with thousands of dollars’ worth of fertility drugs she could no longer use.

She was lucky: Insurance covered most of her costs. But for the majority of people, fertility care is not covered. So Lindsay didn’t want to waste her drugs.

“I knew people were paying a lot for these,” she said. “It seemed sort of criminal to throw them away.”

Lindsay and the other women living in the US interviewed for this article asked that only their first names be used because it’s against federal law to possess or consume drugs not prescribed to you.

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