If you’re looking at treatment options for high cholesterol, you may want to learn more about Leqvio (inclisiran).
Leqvio is a prescription drug that’s used to reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in adults with:
Leqvio comes as a liquid solution that’s given as an injection under your skin. You’ll receive Leqvio doses at your doctor’s office.
Keep reading for details on Leqvio and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Leqvio, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Leqvio can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use. It will also depend on how much you have to pay for an office visit with your doctor to receive Leqvio.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Leqvio, 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 Leqvio. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Leqvio in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Leqvio 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 Leqvio requires prior authorization.
Leqvio 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. Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
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 need help covering the cost of Leqvio 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 Leqvio, 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 to your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you’d pay for Leqvio.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- What is Leqvio’s annual cost?
- Do I have to pick up Leqvio from a specialty pharmacy for it to be covered?
- Will there be a cheaper generic of Leqvio available soon?
- If I can’t afford Leqvio, which other medications could I take instead?
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