Mail order IVF drug alert

Female patients are purchasing IVF medication from abroad and asking their local GPs to administer it, according to the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

In one case an unknown drug from Malaysia was presented to a doctor in an ice-box without any explanation or instructions.

The patient asked the doctor for an intramuscular injection.

The MPS has advised GPs to consider referring couples undergoing IVF to a specialist if such drugs fall outside their field of expertise.

Doctors should not administer any treatment if they are not satisfied that it is in the patient's best interests, and should keep an accurate record of any discussion, the MPS warned.

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