News Release

November 6, 2014

Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Reduced Cost Fertility Program for Eligible Military Veterans

Discounted Fertility Medications and Fees Help Heroes Overcome Infertility

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services is offering a new program for U.S. military veterans and their spouses that provides for discounted fertility medications as well as reduced fees for IVF. Additional discounts are available to active duty personnel.

The Center is offering the EMD Serono Compassionate Corps program, whereby veterans and their spouses may be eligible to receive free fertility medicine. The Center is adding to this a reduced price of $7,500 for comprehensive IVF services through the IVF Possibilities Plus Program for up to two cycles per year.

“At the Center, our goal is to help every patient in need find a way to pay for their care,” stated Dr. John Nulsen, director and a lead physician at the Center.  “We are pleased to be part of EMD Serono’s Compassionate Corps and Compassionate Care programs and to be able to add additional value to that program with IVF discounts.”

To be eligible for the Compassionate Corps program, patients 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 otherwise insured for infertility medications; have been properly screened and diagnosed as infertile and requiring in vitro fertilization/advanced reproductive technology.

For those veterans not eligible for the Compassionate Corps program, as well as active duty military members, the Center is offering the Compassionate Care program which features discounts ranging from 25 to 75 percent off EMD Serono fertility medications.

Pentagon figures show that more than 1,830 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered pelvic or genital injuries since 2003 that could affect their ability to reproduce. And according to a study of veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom or during that time period, 15.8 percent of women and 13.8 percent of men reported that they had experienced infertility.

About the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services has grown to be the largest and one of the most successful fertility centers in the state with nearly 1000 in vitro fertilization cycles completed in the last year. The Center is affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and runs the fellowship program in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at UConn Health. Started in 1984, the Center offers many advanced techniques to help patients achieve successful pregnancies, and has several office locations throughout the state of Connecticut, including their brand new, state of the art facility in Farmington, as well as Hartford, and New London. For more information about The Center, call (860) 679-4580 or visit the website at

About EMD Serono, Inc.

EMD Serono, Inc., a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a leader in the US biopharmaceutical arena, integrating cutting-edge science with unparalleled patient support systems to improve people's lives. The company has strong market positions in neurodegenerative diseases, endocrinology and in reproductive health. In addition, EMD Serono is growing its expertise and presence in the area of oncology, with more than 15 projects currently in development. With a clear focus on the patient and a leadership presence in the biopharmaceutical industry, EMD Serono’s US footprint continues to grow, with approximately 1,000 employees around the country and fully integrated commercial, clinical and research operations in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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