Lynparza (olaparib) is a prescription drug used to help treat certain kinds of cancer. Lynparza’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.

Lynparza is used in adults to treat:

Lynparza comes as a tablet that you swallow. It contains the active ingredient olaparib. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)

For more details on Lynparza, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Lynparza 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 Lynparza, 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 Lynparza. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss the drug in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether it’s covered. If Lynparza 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 Lynparza requires prior authorization.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Lynparza and cost.

Does Lynparza 150 mg cost more than Lynparza 100 mg?

It’s possible. The cost of the Lynparza 150-milligram (mg) tablets versus the 100-mg tablets depends on your particular situation. Factors that may affect your cost include:

  • whether you have insurance or are paying out of pocket
  • the pharmacy you use if you don’t have insurance
  • the quantity you’re prescribed, such as a 30-day or 90-day supply

To learn about the cost difference between the two strengths of Lynparza, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider (if you have one).

Is Lynparza covered by Medicare?

It may be. This depends on your particular Medicare plan and drug coverage benefits.

If you have a Medicare Part C or Part D plan with prescription drug coverage, reach out to your plan provider. They can give you details about your benefits, including whether Lynparza is covered and how much you’d pay for it. They can also tell you whether there are any prior authorization requirements for this drug.

Your doctor or pharmacist can also provide more information on Medicare coverage for Lynparza.

Lynparza is a biologic drug, which means it’s made from parts of living organisms. It doesn’t come in a biosimilar form. Biosimilars are like generic drugs. But unlike generics, which are made for nonbiologic drugs, biosimilars are made for biologic drugs.

Why is there such a cost difference between biologic drugs and biosimilar drugs?

Biologic drugs can be expensive because of the research and testing needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness. The drugmaker of a biologic drug can sell it for up to 12 years. When the biologic drug’s patent expires, other drugmakers can create biosimilar versions. This competition in the market may lead to lower costs for biosimilars. And because biosimilars are very similar to biologic drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower costs for biosimilars.

If you take Lynparza 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 Lynparza if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of the drug. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of Lynparza, 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 Lynparza. 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 Lynparza 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 Lynparza, 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 Lynparza.

Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:

  • Does the cost of Lynparza depend on the condition it’s being used to treat?
  • Are there lower cost options if I can’t afford Lynparza?
  • How does the cost of Lynparza compare to Zejula?

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