Saxenda and Cost: What You Need to Know
If you are looking at treatment options for weight management, you should learn more about Saxenda.
A balanced diet and exercise are used to manage weight with the help of a prescription drug.
- adults and some children who have obesity
- adults who are overweight and also have a weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure
The active ingredient in Saxenda is rilglutide. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.
This drug comes as a solution in a prefilled pen for injection under your skin.
You can read about how to save money on prescriptions and about Saxenda.
Note: For more information on Saxenda, including specifics about its uses, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Saxenda can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, Your insurance coverage. (if you have it), and You use the pharmacy..
You may need to buy needles to use the pens.
Talk to your doctor, pharmacy, or insurance provider to find out how much you will pay for Saxenda.
There are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Is there a cost estimator that can tell me how much Saxenda costs per month with insurance?
Yes, there is. Saxenda’s manufacturer provides a resource called Cost Navigator for cost estimates. It can help you estimate your monthly cost of Saxenda with insurance.
You can get a cost estimate by filling out a form. You can call to get an estimate.
Does the manufacturer of Saxenda offer a co-pay card or coupons for this medication?
“The manufacturer doesn’t offer a coupon. The card it offers can help cover the cost of the drug. If you are eligible, you can use this card to lower your out-of-pocket cost for Saxenda. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover the drug, you can still use the card to save.”
“You can’t use the Saxenda Savings Card with state-funded insurance plans.”
To see if you’re eligible for this card, visit this website or call 877-304-6895.
The section titled “Can I get help paying for Saxenda?” has more financial assistance options for the dog.
* “Out-of-pocket cost” refers to expenses that health insurance does not cover, such as deductibles and copayments.
Is the price of Saxenda significantly more without insurance than with insurance?
It depends. How much you pay for Saxenda can be affected by a number of factors.
- You use the pharmacy.
- The supply of medication is 30 days versus 90 days.
- Your insurance coverage.
- You can use a savings card or another financial assistance option.
Many insurance plans, including Medicare part D, may not cover Saxenda. Over time, insurance coverage can change. If your insurance company covers Saxenda, you should check it out.
Your doctor or pharmacist can answer your questions about the cost of Saxenda.
There are two sections that can help you save on Saxenda.
The drug is a brand name. It is not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug is a copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication.
Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
Why is there such a difference in the cost of brand-name drugs vs. generic drugs?
Years of research and testing are needed to make sure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. The drugs can be expensive if they are tested.
“The manufacturer of a drug can sell it for 20 years. Generic versions can be created by other drug makers. The market can lead to lower prices for generics. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, so they don’t need to be studied again. This can lead to lower costs.”
If you take Saxenda long term, you can lower your costs.
- Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Saxenda if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Saxenda. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
- Use a mail-order pharmacy to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy might help lower your cost for Saxenda. Plus, you could get your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order drugs. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug through mail order. If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
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 able to lower the cost of Saxenda by requesting a Saxenda Savings Card. To see if you’re eligible for this card, visit this website or call 877-304-6895.
If you still have questions about the cost of Saxenda, 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 Saxenda.
You can ask your doctor or insurance provider questions.
- Is there any other drugs that could help me lose weight?
- Can I get the card from my doctor?
- Will my cost change if I use a higher dose of Saxenda?
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