Dupixent and Cost: What You Need to Know
If you have a certain kind of inflammatory condition, you may want to learn more about Dupixent (dupilumab) and its cost.
Dupixent is a prescription drug.
- certain kinds of moderate to severe asthma in adults and some children
- moderate to severe eczema in adults and some children
- eosinophilic esophagitis in adults and some children
- chronic sinusitis (long-term swelling in your sinuses) with nasal polyps in adults
Dupixent comes in single-dose prefilled syringes or pens. It’s given as an injection under your skin.
You can learn how to save money on prescriptions and how to get the lowest price for Dupixent.
Note: For more details on Dupixent, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Dupixent can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.
“If you receive Dupixent at your doctor’s office, you will have to pay for an office visit.”
Talk to your doctor or insurance provider to find out how much Dupixent will cost.
There are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Is the cost of Dupixent much higher without insurance than with insurance?
It is possible. You can pay for Dupixent based on a number of factors. The cost can be higher if you pay out of pocket, but it can also be higher if you have insurance.
Other factors that affect the price are listed.
- How often do you get Dupixent injections?
- “If you get treatments at your doctor’s office or at home.”
- If you have a copay with insurance.
- if you use the Dupixent MyWay Copay Card
Ask your doctor if you can learn more about the cost of Dupixent. They can give you more information about the price you will pay.
Why is Dupixent so expensive?
Dupixent is only available as a brand-name drug. It’s also a biologic drug, which means it’s made from parts of living organisms. But it’s not available as a biosimilar. Biosimilars are like generic versions of biologic drugs. In general, biologic drugs cost more than biosimilar drugs. To learn more about the cost difference between these types of drugs, see the “Is Dupixent available as a generic or biosimilar?” section below.
Dupixent is an insufficiencies medication and may only be available through specialty pharmacies. You need to visit your doctor if you need to get a dose.
The section titled “Can I get help paying for Dupixent?” will give you more information about ways to save on the cost of Dupixent.
If you use Dupixent long term and you can give yourself injections at home, you can lower the cost of the drug.
- Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Dupixent if approved by your insurance company. This could help lower your monthly cost of Dupixent. Talk with your doctor or insurance provider or see the manufacturer’s website for more information on how you could lower your cost of Dupixent per month.
- Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Dupixent is only available through specialty pharmacies. Using a mail-order specialty pharmacy might help lower the monthly cost of Dupixent. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest specialty pharmacy options that could work for you.
Dupixent only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s a biologic drug, which means it’s made from parts of living organisms. Dupixent isn’t available in a biosimilar form. (Biosimilars are like generic drugs. But unlike generics, which are made for nonbiologic drugs, biosimilars are made for biologic drugs.)
Why is there such a cost difference between biologic drugs and biosimilar drugs?
Biologic drugs can be expensive because of the research and testing needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness. The manufacturer of a biologic drug can sell it for up to
12 years. When the biologic drug’s patent expires, other drug makers can create biosimilar versions. This competition in the market may lead to lower costs for biosimilars. And because biosimilars are very similar to biologic drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower costs for biosimilars.
If you need help understanding your insurance, check out these websites.
You can find information on insurance, drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards on these sites.
If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. You may also be eligible for a savings card called the Dupixent MyWay Copay Card. This could save you money on your copay for Dupixent if you have insurance.
If you still have questions about the cost of Dupixent, you can talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you will pay. If you have health insurance, you will need to talk to your insurer to find out the actual cost for Dupixent.
You can ask your doctor or insurance provider questions.
- Is there any other lower-cost medication that could help me?
- Does the cost of Dupixent depend on my dose?
- Is my prescription more expensive if I give myself injections?
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