Savings for the Military

Active Duty Military and Veterans: We’re Here to Support You

Multiple savings programs - including Compassionate Care, our flagship program designed to make fertility treatments more affordable - are available to active, veteran and retired members of the US military.

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For active military, we recommend downloading this brochure, which covers common infertility FAQ.

Compassionate Care

Designed for Active Military Personnel and Veterans

The Compassionate Care Program provides eligible patients savings based on income. Eligible active, veteran or retired US military receive a minimum of 25% off and might be eligible for additional savings up to 50% or 75% off the self-pay price of EMD Serono’s fertility medications.

Compassionate Care Covers the Following Treatments:

 

Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 300 IU
Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 450 IU
Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 900 IU
Gonal-f® Multi-Dose (follitropin alfa for injection) 450 IU
Gonal-f® Multi-Dose (follitropin alfa for injection) 1050 IU
Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection) 75 IU, single vial pack
Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection) 75 IU, 10 vial pack
Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection)
Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection)

 

Compassionate Care Eligibility & Terms

  • Eligibility is based on qualifying annual household gross income and first-time participation in the Compassionate Care Program. Program is available only at participating pharmacies. Patients must present a valid prescription for an eligible drug
  • Eligible patients can use the Compassionate Care Program for multiple cycles each year
  • Patients must reapply each year
  • Benefit for patients with demonstrated financial need and a valid prescription for Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection), Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection), or Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection)
  • Benefit is available at participating pharmacies only
  • Qualifying patients can save 75%, 50%, or 25% off the available self-pay price at the participating pharmacy
  • Eligible active, veteran or retired US military receive a minimum of 25% off and might be eligible for additional savings up to 50% or 75% off the self-pay price of select EMD Serono Fertility medication
  • Qualifying patients can receive a 10% discount, via mail-in rebate, off their out-of-pocket costs for the following EMD Serono Fertility products:
    • Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection) 10% per 75 IU
    • Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection) 10% per 250 mcg
    • Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection) 10% per 0.25 mg
  • Patients must present a valid prescription for an eligible drug at a participating pharmacy
  • EMD Serono reserves the right to rescind, revoke, terminate, or amend the Compassionate Care Program at any time without notice
  • For active duty, veteran or retired US military: Offer not valid if any prescriptions or expenses associated with fertility treatment will be paid for by private or public insurance or reimbursed under a federal or state healthcare program, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, or any other similar state healthcare program, including any state medical pharmaceutical assistance program. If you become insured by any private insurance you must notify the EMD Serono Compassionate Care program by calling 1-855-541-5926
  • For all other patients: Offer not valid for prescriptions that may be covered under private or public insurance or reimbursed under a federal or state healthcare program, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, or any other similar state healthcare program, including any state medical pharmaceutical assistance program. If you become insured by any private or government insurance you must notify the EMD Serono Compassionate Care program by calling 1-855-541-5926
  • Patients may not combine this card with any rebate, coupon, free trial, or similar offer
  • Card is not transferable and expires one year after program enrollment, unless earlier terminated by EMD Serono
  • Compassionate Care is not an insurance program

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Compassionate Corps

Designed for Veterans with Service-Related Injuries

You served our country’s needs, and now we’re here to serve yours.

If you’re a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who’s suffering from infertility, you may be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program. This program provides free fertility medication to those who are eligible.

The Compassionate Corps Program helps expand EMD Serono Fertility’s mission of advocating for people who want to have a child.

To be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program, you must:

  • Be a retired member of the military or the spouse of one
  • Be a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who is:
    • Infertile due to a service-related injury
    • Not privately insured for infertility medications
    • Medically retired
    • Have been diagnosed by a physician as infertile and requiring IVF (in vitro fertilization)/ART (assisted reproductive technology)
    • Not be eligible for coverage under the Fertility Veterans Act

Compassionate Corps Covers the Following Treatments:

Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 300 IU
Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 450 IU
Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 900 IU
Gonal-f® Multi-Dose (follitropin alfa for injection) 450 IU
Gonal-f® Multi-Dose (follitropin alfa for injection) 1050 IU
Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection) 75 IU
Ovidrel®  PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection) 250 mcg
Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection) 0.25 mg

Qualifications

Patient Attested

  • Patient confirms that he/she/spouse is a medically retired member of the military
  • Patient submits his/her/spouse's DD-214 and any medical information and records proving the service-related injury
  • Patient confirms that he/she/spouse has no insurance coverage for the infertility treatments or related medications needed

Physician Attested

  • Physician confirms that the patient has service-related injuries that have caused infertility
  • Physician confirms that IUI (intrauterine insemination) / OI (ovulation induction) would be suboptimal or impossible
  • Physician submits a valid prescription for an eligible drug

Compassionate Corps Program Details

  • The Compassionate Corps Program is available for up to two cycles per year
  • Patients must reapply each year
  • Patients may not combine this offer with any rebate, coupon, free trial card, or similar offer
  • EMD Serono reserves the right to rescind, revoke, terminate, or amend the Compassionate Corps Program at any time without notice
  • Offer not valid for prescriptions that may be covered under private or public insurance or reimbursed under a federal or state healthcare program, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, or any other similar state healthcare program, including any state medical pharmaceutical assistance program. If you become insured by any private or government insurance, you must notify the EMD Serono Compassionate Corps Program by calling 1-855-541-5926
  • Compassionate Corps is not an insurance program

1. Click here or call 1-866-538-7879 to obtain the Compassionate Corps enrollment and Authorization to Use and Disclose Health and Other Personal Information forms.

2. In order to apply for the Compassionate Corps Program, a patient’s fertility center must participate in the program. Find centers currently participating here. To become a participating member, centers can contact EMD Serono directly at Fertility.Marketing@EMDSerono.com.

3. Complete the Compassionate Corps enrollment and Authorization to Use and Disclose Health and Other Personal Information forms and have your prescribing clinician complete the product request form.

4. Submit these documents, including a copy of you or your spouse's DD-214, and any medical information and records relevant to your application via mail or fax.

Mail to:

Fertility LifeLines™ 12 Kent Way Byfield, MA 01922 Attn: Compassionate Corps Program

Fax to:

1-866-882-2900

5. Once all of your documentation is received, you will receive approval status within two business days.

Remember to look for participating centers; if you already have a center that’s not participating, ask your center to contact EMD Serono directly at Fertility.Marketing@EMDSerono.com.

Co-Pay Savings Card

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Eligible patients with private insurance can save up to $250 on out-of-pocket costs by using the Co-Pay Savings Card. You can start saving today.

This Co-Pay Savings Card Covers the Following Treatments at Participating Pharmacies:

  • Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 300 IU
  • Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 450 IU
  • Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) 900 IU
  • Gonal-f® Multi-Dose (follitropin alfa for injection) 450 IU
  • Gonal-f® Multi-Dose (follitropin alfa for injection) 1050 IU
  • Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection) 75 IU, single vial pack
  • Gonal-f® RFF* 75 IU, 10 vial pack (follitropin alfa for injection)
  • Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection)
  • Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection)

Co-Pay Savings Card’s Eligibility and Terms

  • Patients must have a prescription drug benefit that covers Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection), Ovidrel® (choriogonadotropin alfa injection), and/or Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection) and a valid prescription for Gonal-f®, Ovidrel®, and/or Cetrotide®
  • A valid Gonal-f® prescription is required in order to receive co-pay savings for Ovidrel® and Cetrotide®
  • Patients cannot combine this card with any other rebate, coupon, free trial, or similar offer
  • Save up to $200 off Gonal-f®, up to $25 off of Ovidrel®, and up to $25 off of Cetrotide®
  • Offer not valid for prescriptions that may be reimbursed under federal or state healthcare programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, or any other similar programs, including any state medical pharmaceutical assistance program
  • Offer is valid for the duration of the program, unless earlier terminated by EMD Serono
  • EMD Serono reserves the right to rescind, revoke, terminate, or amend the Co-Pay Savings Card at any time without notice
  • Patients must call to activate card before first use
  • Patients should keep the card for repeated use
  • Void in states where rebates are prohibited by law, taxed, or otherwise restricted
  • This is not an insurance program

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Participating Pharmacies

If you’re eligible for savings programs on fertility medications discussed on this site, find pharmacies that participate in our savings program.

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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Do not use Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) if you:

  • are allergic to recombinant human FSH or any of the ingredients listed here:  follitropin alfa (r-hFSH), sucrose, meta-cresol, di-sodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate, methionine, Poloxamer 188, O-phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide
  • have ovaries that no longer make eggs (primary ovarian failure)
  • are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  • have uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal problems
  • have a tumor in your female organs, including your ovaries, breast, or uterus
  • have a tumor in your brain, such as a tumor in your pituitary or hypothalamus
  • have abnormal bleeding from your uterus or vagina
  • have ovarian cysts or large ovaries, not due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Before you use Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject®, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have or have had asthma
  • have been told by a healthcare provider that you have an increased risk for blood clots (thrombosis)
  • have ever had a blood clot (thrombosis), or anyone in your family has ever had a blood clot (thrombosis)
  • have had abdominal surgery
  • have had twisting of your ovary (ovarian torsion)
  • had or have a cyst on your ovary
  • have polycystic ovarian disease
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
  • are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements

Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • severe allergic reactions in women who have used Gonal-f®, Gonal-f® RFF*, or Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® in the past.  New allergic reactions can occur immediately after an injection.  Severe allergic reaction may lead to death. If you have any of the following symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, stop using Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and go to the hospital right away:
    • shortness of breath
    • swelling of your face
    • itchy, red bumps or rash on your skin (hives)
  • ovaries that are too large; symptoms of bloating or pain in your lower stomach (pelvic) area.
  • ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS); a serious medical condition that can happen when your ovaries produce too many eggs (overstimulated). OHSS can cause fluid to suddenly build up in the area of your stomach, chest, and heart, and can cause blood clots to form. In rare cases OHSS has caused death. OHSS may also happen after you stop using Gonal-f® RFFRedi-ject®.  Stop using Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and call your healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms of OHSS, including:
    • trouble breathing
    • severe lower stomach (pelvic) area pain
    • decreased urine output
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • weight gain
    • diarrhea
  • lung problems; that cause trouble breathing (acute respiratory distress syndrome, atelectasia) and worsening of asthma.
  • blood clots can cause:
    • blood vessel problems (thrombophlebitis)
    • stroke
    • loss of your arm or leg
    • blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • twisting (torsion) of your ovary if you already have certain conditions such as ovarian cysts, OHSS, pregnancy and previous abdominal surgery. Twisting of your ovary may lead to blood flow being cut off to your ovary.
  • pregnancy with more than 1 baby and birth of multiple babies; Having a pregnancy and giving birth to multiple babies at a time increases the health risk for you and your babies. Your healthcare provider should tell you about your chances of multiple births.
  • birth defects in a baby born after an ART cycle (IVF or ICSI).  Your chances of having a baby with birth defects may increase depending on:
    • your age
    • certain sperm problems
    • your genetic background and that of your partner
    • a pregnancy with more than 1 baby at a time
  • ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside your womb). Your chance of having a pregnancy outside of your womb is increased if you also have fallopian tube problems.
  • miscarriage. Your chance of loss of an early pregnancy may be increased if you had difficulty becoming pregnant.
  • tumors of the ovary. If you have used fertility medicines like Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) before to get pregnant, you may have an increased chance of having tumors in your ovary(ies) (including cancer).

The most common side effects of Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® include:

  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • stomach bloating
  • bruising at the injection site
  • nausea

These are not all the possible side effects of Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject®. For more information, call your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Do not share your Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and needles with another person. You may give another person an infection or get an infection from them.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Also read the Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® “Instructions for Use” that comes with Pen for information about the correct use of Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and follow all training and instruction provided by your healthcare provider.

Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® is an injection Pen that delivers a prescription medicine containing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) used in infertile women to:

  • help healthy ovaries develop (mature) and release an egg
  • cause your ovaries to make multiple (more than 1) eggs as part of an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program

*RFF, Revised Formulation Female


IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Who should not use Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection) and Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection)?

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose and Gonal-f® RFF* should not be used in patients who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant, in patients with primary ovarian failure (the ovaries no longer produce eggs), or in patients with allergies to recombinant human FSH products or any other ingredients in the medication.

Patients with cancer of the sex organs or brain, or with uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal disease, should not use Gonal-f® Multi-Dose or Gonal-f® RFF*. Women with a history of abnormal bleeding from the uterus or vagina or with swollen, enlarged, or painful ovaries should speak to their doctor before starting treatment.

What are the possible side effects of Gonal-f® and Gonal-f® RFF*?

The lowest dose expected to achieve the desired results should be used. A doctor should monitor a woman’s response often to avoid overdose, which can lead to serious side effects, including blood clots.

Women should contact their doctor if severe pain or bloating in the stomach or pelvic area, severe upset stomach, vomiting, or weight gain are experienced during treatment. These could be signs of a rare but serious condition known as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, or OHSS, which can result in hospitalization.

Use of Gonal-f® Multi-Dose or Gonal-f® RFF* by a woman can be associated with fertilization of more than 1 egg. This can lead to complications for the woman and the birth of 2 or more babies.

The most common side effects reported by women were headache, ovarian cysts, upset stomach, and sinus infection. The most common side effects reported by men taking Gonal-f® Multi-Dose were skin pimples, breast pain and growth, and tiredness. Injections may cause some discomfort.

What are the uses of Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection) and Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection)?

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose and Gonal-f® RFF* are 2 products that contain follitropin alfa, which is similar to the human hormone follicle-stimulating hormone, referred to as FSH. FSH belongs to a group of human reproductive hormones.

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose and Gonal-f® RFF* are used in certain infertile women to help with ovulation (production and release of a mature egg) and pregnancy. Gonal-f® will not help women whose ovaries no longer work because of a condition called Primary Ovarian Failure. Gonal-f® may also be used in women who are in an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program such as in vitro fertilization to help their ovaries make more eggs.

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose can also be prescribed to increase sperm production in men with a rare condition that affects sperm production.

Both products should be prescribed only by doctors specializing in infertility problems and their treatment.

*RFF, Revised Formulation Female


IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Who should not use Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection)?

Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe should not be used in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, in patients with primary ovarian failure (the ovaries no longer produce eggs), or in patients with allergies to hCG or any other ingredients in the medication.

Patients with cancer of the sex organs or brain, or with uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal disease, should not use Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe. Women with a history of abnormal bleeding from the uterus or vagina or with swollen, enlarged, or painful ovaries should speak to their doctor before starting treatment.

In infertile women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and ovulation induction (OI), Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe should not be administered until adequate follicular development is indicated by serum estradiol and vaginal ultrasonography.

Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe administration should be withheld in situations where there is an excessive ovarian response, as evidenced by multiple follicular development, clinically significant ovarian enlargement or excessive estradiol production.

What are the possible side effects of Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe?

Your doctor should review with you the risks and benefits of using Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe. As with any medication, report any and all side effects, symptoms, or physical changes to your doctor.

Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe can cause serious side effects including ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and lung and blood vessel problems. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience severe pain or bloating in the stomach or pelvic area, severe upset stomach, vomiting, or weight gain.

Use of fertility drugs can be associated with fertilization of more than one egg. This can lead to complications for the mother and the birth of two or more babies.

The most common side effects in women using Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe include abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Needle injections may cause some discomfort.

What are the uses of Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe?
Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe contains recombinant human choriogonadotropin alfa (hCG), an injectable hormone. This is the hormone that causes your eggs to finish maturing and be released. You may be given Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe to complete this final stage of your cycle. Doctors specializing in infertility or reproductive health prescribe Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe to those women trying to have a child but for a variety of reasons need medical assistance. After a thorough medical exam to determine your specific medical condition, your doctor may prescribe Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe because you require hormone replacement or supplementation as part of your treatment program. Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe may be one of several drugs prescribed to a patient as part of a treatment program.


IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Who should not use Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection)?

Cetrotide® should not be used in patients who are pregnant, think they might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Cetrotide® should not be used in patients with kidney disease.

Patients that are allergic to cetrorelix acetate, mannitol, or exogenous peptide hormones – medicines similar to Cetrotide®-should not use Cetrotide®. Consult your doctor before taking Cetrotide® if you have had severe allergic reactions.

What are the possible side effects of Cetrotide®?

Your doctor should review with you the risks and benefits of using Cetrotide®. As with any medication, report any and all side effects, symptoms, or physical changes to your doctor.

Mild and short-lasting reactions may occur at the injection site like reddening, itching, and swelling. Nausea and headache have also been reported.

Call your doctor if you have any other side effect or if you are unsure about the effect of this medicine.

What are the uses of Cetrotide®?

Cetrotide® blocks the effects of a natural hormone, called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH controls the secretion of another hormone, called luteinizing hormone (LH), which induces ovulation during the menstrual cycle.

During hormone treatment for ovarian stimulation, premature ovulation may lead to eggs that are not suitable for fertilization. Cetrotide® blocks such undesirable premature ovulation.


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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Do not use Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) if you:

  • are allergic to recombinant human FSH or any of the ingredients listed here:  follitropin alfa (r-hFSH), sucrose, meta-cresol, di-sodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate, methionine, Poloxamer 188, O-phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide
  • have ovaries that no longer make eggs (primary ovarian failure)
  • are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  • have uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal problems
  • have a tumor in your female organs, including your ovaries, breast, or uterus
  • have a tumor in your brain, such as a tumor in your pituitary or hypothalamus
  • have abnormal bleeding from your uterus or vagina
  • have ovarian cysts or large ovaries, not due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Before you use Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject®, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have or have had asthma
  • have been told by a healthcare provider that you have an increased risk for blood clots (thrombosis)
  • have ever had a blood clot (thrombosis), or anyone in your family has ever had a blood clot (thrombosis)
  • have had abdominal surgery
  • have had twisting of your ovary (ovarian torsion)
  • had or have a cyst on your ovary
  • have polycystic ovarian disease
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
  • are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements

Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • severe allergic reactions in women who have used Gonal-f®, Gonal-f® RFF*, or Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® in the past.  New allergic reactions can occur immediately after an injection.  Severe allergic reaction may lead to death. If you have any of the following symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, stop using Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and go to the hospital right away:
    • shortness of breath
    • swelling of your face
    • itchy, red bumps or rash on your skin (hives)
  • ovaries that are too large; symptoms of bloating or pain in your lower stomach (pelvic) area.
  • ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS); a serious medical condition that can happen when your ovaries produce too many eggs (overstimulated). OHSS can cause fluid to suddenly build up in the area of your stomach, chest, and heart, and can cause blood clots to form. In rare cases OHSS has caused death. OHSS may also happen after you stop using Gonal-f® RFFRedi-ject®.  Stop using Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and call your healthcare provider right away if you have symptoms of OHSS, including:
    • trouble breathing
    • severe lower stomach (pelvic) area pain
    • decreased urine output
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • weight gain
    • diarrhea
  • lung problems; that cause trouble breathing (acute respiratory distress syndrome, atelectasia) and worsening of asthma.
  • blood clots can cause:
    • blood vessel problems (thrombophlebitis)
    • stroke
    • loss of your arm or leg
    • blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • twisting (torsion) of your ovary if you already have certain conditions such as ovarian cysts, OHSS, pregnancy and previous abdominal surgery. Twisting of your ovary may lead to blood flow being cut off to your ovary.
  • pregnancy with more than 1 baby and birth of multiple babies; Having a pregnancy and giving birth to multiple babies at a time increases the health risk for you and your babies. Your healthcare provider should tell you about your chances of multiple births.
  • birth defects in a baby born after an ART cycle (IVF or ICSI).  Your chances of having a baby with birth defects may increase depending on:
    • your age
    • certain sperm problems
    • your genetic background and that of your partner
    • a pregnancy with more than 1 baby at a time
  • ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside your womb). Your chance of having a pregnancy outside of your womb is increased if you also have fallopian tube problems.
  • miscarriage. Your chance of loss of an early pregnancy may be increased if you had difficulty becoming pregnant.
  • tumors of the ovary. If you have used fertility medicines like Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® (follitropin alfa injection) before to get pregnant, you may have an increased chance of having tumors in your ovary(ies) (including cancer).

The most common side effects of Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® include:

  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • stomach bloating
  • bruising at the injection site
  • nausea

These are not all the possible side effects of Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject®. For more information, call your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Do not share your Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and needles with another person. You may give another person an infection or get an infection from them.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Also read the Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® “Instructions for Use” that comes with Pen for information about the correct use of Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® and follow all training and instruction provided by your healthcare provider.

Gonal-f® RFF* Redi-ject® is an injection Pen that delivers a prescription medicine containing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) used in infertile women to:

  • help healthy ovaries develop (mature) and release an egg
  • cause your ovaries to make multiple (more than 1) eggs as part of an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program

*RFF, Revised Formulation Female


IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Who should not use Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection) and Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection)?

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose and Gonal-f® RFF* should not be used in patients who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant, in patients with primary ovarian failure (the ovaries no longer produce eggs), or in patients with allergies to recombinant human FSH products or any other ingredients in the medication.

Patients with cancer of the sex organs or brain, or with uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal disease, should not use Gonal-f® Multi-Dose or Gonal-f® RFF*. Women with a history of abnormal bleeding from the uterus or vagina or with swollen, enlarged, or painful ovaries should speak to their doctor before starting treatment.

What are the possible side effects of Gonal-f® and Gonal-f® RFF*?

The lowest dose expected to achieve the desired results should be used. A doctor should monitor a woman’s response often to avoid overdose, which can lead to serious side effects, including blood clots.

Women should contact their doctor if severe pain or bloating in the stomach or pelvic area, severe upset stomach, vomiting, or weight gain are experienced during treatment. These could be signs of a rare but serious condition known as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, or OHSS, which can result in hospitalization.

Use of Gonal-f® Multi-Dose or Gonal-f® RFF* by a woman can be associated with fertilization of more than 1 egg. This can lead to complications for the woman and the birth of 2 or more babies.

The most common side effects reported by women were headache, ovarian cysts, upset stomach, and sinus infection. The most common side effects reported by men taking Gonal-f® Multi-Dose were skin pimples, breast pain and growth, and tiredness. Injections may cause some discomfort.

What are the uses of Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection) and Gonal-f® RFF* (follitropin alfa for injection)?

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose and Gonal-f® RFF* are 2 products that contain follitropin alfa, which is similar to the human hormone follicle-stimulating hormone, referred to as FSH. FSH belongs to a group of human reproductive hormones.

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose and Gonal-f® RFF* are used in certain infertile women to help with ovulation (production and release of a mature egg) and pregnancy. Gonal-f® will not help women whose ovaries no longer work because of a condition called Primary Ovarian Failure. Gonal-f® may also be used in women who are in an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program such as in vitro fertilization to help their ovaries make more eggs.

Gonal-f® Multi-Dose can also be prescribed to increase sperm production in men with a rare condition that affects sperm production.

Both products should be prescribed only by doctors specializing in infertility problems and their treatment.

*RFF, Revised Formulation Female


IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Who should not use Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection)?

Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe should not be used in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, in patients with primary ovarian failure (the ovaries no longer produce eggs), or in patients with allergies to hCG or any other ingredients in the medication.

Patients with cancer of the sex organs or brain, or with uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal disease, should not use Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe. Women with a history of abnormal bleeding from the uterus or vagina or with swollen, enlarged, or painful ovaries should speak to their doctor before starting treatment.

In infertile women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and ovulation induction (OI), Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe should not be administered until adequate follicular development is indicated by serum estradiol and vaginal ultrasonography.

Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe administration should be withheld in situations where there is an excessive ovarian response, as evidenced by multiple follicular development, clinically significant ovarian enlargement or excessive estradiol production.

What are the possible side effects of Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe?

Your doctor should review with you the risks and benefits of using Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe. As with any medication, report any and all side effects, symptoms, or physical changes to your doctor.

Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe can cause serious side effects including ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and lung and blood vessel problems. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience severe pain or bloating in the stomach or pelvic area, severe upset stomach, vomiting, or weight gain.

Use of fertility drugs can be associated with fertilization of more than one egg. This can lead to complications for the mother and the birth of two or more babies.

The most common side effects in women using Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe include abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Needle injections may cause some discomfort.

What are the uses of Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe?
Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe contains recombinant human choriogonadotropin alfa (hCG), an injectable hormone. This is the hormone that causes your eggs to finish maturing and be released. You may be given Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe to complete this final stage of your cycle. Doctors specializing in infertility or reproductive health prescribe Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe to those women trying to have a child but for a variety of reasons need medical assistance. After a thorough medical exam to determine your specific medical condition, your doctor may prescribe Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe because you require hormone replacement or supplementation as part of your treatment program. Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe may be one of several drugs prescribed to a patient as part of a treatment program.


IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION AND INDICATION

Who should not use Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection)?

Cetrotide® should not be used in patients who are pregnant, think they might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Cetrotide® should not be used in patients with kidney disease.

Patients that are allergic to cetrorelix acetate, mannitol, or exogenous peptide hormones – medicines similar to Cetrotide®-should not use Cetrotide®. Consult your doctor before taking Cetrotide® if you have had severe allergic reactions.

What are the possible side effects of Cetrotide®?

Your doctor should review with you the risks and benefits of using Cetrotide®. As with any medication, report any and all side effects, symptoms, or physical changes to your doctor.

Mild and short-lasting reactions may occur at the injection site like reddening, itching, and swelling. Nausea and headache have also been reported.

Call your doctor if you have any other side effect or if you are unsure about the effect of this medicine.

What are the uses of Cetrotide®?

Cetrotide® blocks the effects of a natural hormone, called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH controls the secretion of another hormone, called luteinizing hormone (LH), which induces ovulation during the menstrual cycle.

During hormone treatment for ovarian stimulation, premature ovulation may lead to eggs that are not suitable for fertilization. Cetrotide® blocks such undesirable premature ovulation.


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