- help lower blood sugar in adults and children ages 10 years and older, along with a healthy diet and exercise
- lower the risk of severe heart or blood vessel problems in adults with heart disease
Victoza contains the active ingredient liraglutide. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) It comes as a liquid solution that you’ll inject under your skin using a prefilled pen.
Information on the cost and how to save money on prescriptions can be found in this article.
Note: For more information about Victoza, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Victoza injections can vary. It can depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.
Talk to your insurance provider or your pharmacy about the price for Victoza.
Note: If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Victoza. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Victoza in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Victoza requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.
Ask your insurance company if Victoza requires prior authorization.
There are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Are there any copay cards or manufacturer’s coupons available for Victoza?
The manufacturer of Victoza does not offer copay assistance cards. But you may be able to get Victoza for free through the drugmaker’s Patient Assistance Program (PAP). Patients or caregivers can learn more by calling Novo Nordisk toll-free at 866-310-7549.
For more financial resources, see “Can I get help paying for Victoza?”
How much do Victoza injections cost with insurance and without insurance?
“You may be paying for Victoza with insurance. If you don’t have insurance, you may pay more.”
To find out what Victoza may cost you, visit the NovoCare cost navigator.
If you have questions about how much you will pay, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Talk to your plan provider if you have insurance.
Does Medicare cover the cost of Victoza?
Depending on your plan, the amount you pay for Victoza will be dependent on Medicare. There are copay options for brand-name drugs in Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans. At this time, there are no coupons that can be used with Medicare.
“If you have a private insurance plan with prescription drug coverage, you will pay a different cost depending on your plan’s benefits. Some plans have a set cost for drugs, while others may require you to pay a percentage of the cost. Not all insurance plans cover Victoza.”
If you have questions about what you will pay for Victoza, you can talk to your doctor or your insurance provider.
Victoza only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication but tends to cost less.
Why is there such a cost difference between brand-name drugs and generics?
“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 drugmakers after that. 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 Victoza 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 Victoza if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Victoza. 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 Victoza. 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 online resources.
- Needymeds is a brand of drugs.
- The tool helps with medicine assistance.
- The Patient Assistance Program of Victoza.
You can find information on insurance, drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards on these sites.
If you still have questions about the cost of Victoza, 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 need to talk to your insurer to find out the actual cost for Victoza.
You can ask your doctor or insurance provider questions.
- Is there any other cheaper drugs that could treat my condition?
- “What are my options if I can’t afford my medication?”
- Will my dose affect the cost?
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