If you’re looking at treatment options for type 2 diabetes, you may want to learn more about Jardiance (empagliflozin).
Jardiance is a prescription drug that’s used as follows:
- Together with a balanced diet and exercise, it helps treat type 2 diabetes in adults.
- It helps lower the risk of death in adults who have both a heart- or blood vessel-related condition and type 2 diabetes.
- It helps lower the risk of death or hospitalization in adults who have heart failure.
Jardiance comes as tablets that you swallow.
Keep reading to learn more about the cost of Jardiance and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Jardiance, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Jardiance can vary. Your cost 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 Jardiance, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Jardiance and cost.
Does Jardiance’s price depend on the tablet strength I take (10 mg or 25 mg)?
Maybe. There could be slight cost differences depending on whether you’re prescribed 10-milligram (mg) or 25-mg tablets of Jardiance.
Your cost for the different strengths of the drug may vary based on a few factors. How you’ll pay for your prescription may affect its price. For example, if you have insurance coverage, your cost may be the same regardless of the strength of Jardiance you’re prescribed. But if you don’t have insurance, your cost may be a little different for the 25-mg strength compared with the 10-mg strength.
The cost of your prescription can also depend on whether you’re getting a 30- or 90-day supply of Jardiance. The pharmacy you choose may also affect pricing for the drug.
If you have insurance, check with the insurance company about the cost of your prescription. And if you’re paying out of pocket, contact a few pharmacies to compare the cost of your medication.
Your doctor can also answer any questions you may have about the costs of the different strengths of Jardiance. For resources that may help you find cost-saving options for Jardiance, see the “Can I get help paying for Jardiance?” section below.
How much does Jardiance cost with insurance vs. without insurance?
It depends. If you have insurance, the cost of your Jardiance prescription will be based on the exact plan you have. Some insurance plans have copayments (copays) for medications like Jardiance. (A copay is a fixed amount that you pay.) Other plans may ask you to pay a percentage of the cost of the medication.
Also, keep in mind that not all insurance plans cover every medication. To see if Jardiance is covered by your insurance plan, check with your pharmacy or insurance provider.
If you’re paying for Jardiance out of pocket, your cost can depend on the dosage of the medication and even the pharmacy you’re using. This is why it’s a good idea to check with a few pharmacies to get the best price for Jardiance.
The cost of your Jardiance prescription, with or without insurance, also depends on other factors. An example is whether your doctor prescribed a 30-day or 90-day supply of the drug.
To learn the cost of your Jardiance prescription, contact your pharmacy or insurance provider.
What is Jardiance’s cost with Medicare?
It can vary. How much you pay for Jardiance will depend on the kind of Medicare plan you have. Not all Medicare plans have prescription drug coverage. Medicare offers specific plans that cover prescription drugs. These include the different Medicare Part D plans and the Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage. The cost of Jardiance can depend on the specific Medicare plan and copay.
If you have a Medicare plan, reach out to your plan representative to ask about the cost of your Jardiance prescription.
Jardiance 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 drug.
Why is there such a difference in the cost of brand-name drugs vs. generic drugs?
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 drug makers 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 Jardiance 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 Jardiance if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Jardiance. 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 the cost of Jardiance. 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 Jardiance or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:
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 paying for Jardiance, including what the cost with Medicare or other insurance may be, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Although the manufacturer of Jardiance doesn’t offer a coupon for the drug, it does have a savings card for those who qualify. Eligible patients can get a 1- to 3-month supply of Jardiance at a low cost. You can learn more details about the Jardiance Savings Card on the manufacturer’s website.
If you still have questions about the cost of Jardiance, 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 Jardiance.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Does the dosage of Jardiance affect the cost of my prescription?
- Are there less expensive medications available to treat my condition?
- Could the price of Jardiance change over time?
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