If you’re looking at treatment options for eczema, you may want to learn more about Eucrisa (crisaborole). It’s a prescription drug that’s used to treat eczema in adults and in children ages 3 months and older.
Eucrisa comes as a 2%-strength ointment* in a tube. It isn’t available as a cream.
Keep reading for details on Eucrisa and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Eucrisa, see this in-depth article.
* This means there are 20 milligrams (mg) of the active ingredient crisaborole per gram (g) of ointment. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
The price you pay for Eucrisa 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 Eucrisa, 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 Eucrisa. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Eucrisa in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Eucrisa 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 Eucrisa requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Eucrisa and cost.
What is the cost of Eucrisa with insurance vs. without insurance?
In most cases, the cost of Eucrisa is higher if you’re paying without insurance. But the exact amount you’ll pay with or without insurance may depend on factors such as your treatment plan and the pharmacy you choose.
If you don’t have insurance coverage, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the cost of Eucrisa. And for resources that could help you save on this drug, see the “Can I get help paying for Eucrisa?” section below.
Does the manufacturer of Eucrisa offer a coupon for people not covered by insurance?
No, Eucrisa’s manufacturer doesn’t offer a coupon for people who don’t have insurance coverage. But it does offer a savings program for people with health insurance.
The Pfizer Dermatology Patient Access program helps people who qualify save on the price of the drug. To find out more about this program, ask your pharmacist or visit the Eucrisa website.
For more information about financial assistance for Eucrisa if you don’t have insurance, see the “Can I get help paying for Eucrisa?” section below.
Eucrisa only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available in a generic version. A generic drug 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 drugmaker 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 use Eucrisa 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 Eucrisa if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Eucrisa. 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 Eucrisa. 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 Eucrisa 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 Eucrisa, 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 Eucrisa.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- How does the cost of Eucrisa ointment compare with a corticosteroid ointment such as betamethasone valerate?
- If I have health insurance that covers Eucrisa, how much more can I save through the drugmaker’s savings program?
- Does my insurance plan limit how many tubes of Eucrisa I can buy at once?
To learn more about Eucrisa, see these articles:
- Eucrisa (crisaborole)
- Side Effects of Eucrisa: What You Need to Know
- Dosage for Eucrisa: What You Need to Know
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