Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol trifenatate) is a prescription drug used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Breo Ellipta’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
Breo Ellipta is used in adults and certain children to treat:
Breo Ellipta comes as a powder that you inhale into your lungs using the Ellipta inhaler.
For more details on Breo Ellipta, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Breo Ellipta can vary. It may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use. To find out how much you’ll pay for Breo Ellipta, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Note: If you have insurance, you may need to get prior authorization before your insurance provider will cover Breo Ellipta. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Breo Ellipta in regard to your treatment. Then your insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Breo Ellipta requires prior authorization and you don’t receive it before you start treatment, you could pay the full cost of the drug.
Be sure to ask your insurance company whether Breo Ellipta requires prior authorization.
Breo Ellipta only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic contains 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 ensure that brand-name drugs are safe and effective. This testing can make the drugs expensive. The manufacturer of a brand-name drug can sell the drug for up to 20 years. After that, other drugmakers can create generic versions. This competition in the market can lead to lower costs for generics. And because generics have the same active ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.
If you take Breo Ellipta long term, you may be able to lower your costs in the following ways:
Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Breo Ellipta if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Breo Ellipta. 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 Breo Ellipta. 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 covering the cost of Breo Ellipta or understanding your insurance, check out these resources:
On these sites, you can find insurance information, details on drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.
If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you still have questions about the cost of Breo Ellipta, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of what you’ll pay for this drug. But if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Breo Ellipta.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Are there any other lower cost drugs I could take to treat my condition?
- Can I get a 3-month supply of Breo Ellipta to lower my cost?
- What are my options if I can’t afford my medication?
To learn more about Breo Ellipta, see these articles:
- Breo (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol trifenatate)
- Side Effects of Breo Ellipta: What You Need to Know
- All About Breo Ellipta’s Dosage
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