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Ozempic (semaglutide) is a prescription drug used for type 2 diabetes and to lower the risk of heart problems. Ozempic’s cost may depend on factors such as your dosage, whether you have health insurance, and the pharmacy you use.
Ozempic is prescribed to adults with type 2 diabetes to:
- manage blood sugar in combination with a balanced diet and exercise
- reduce the risk of certain heart-related problems in those who also have heart disease
The active ingredient in Ozempic is semaglutide. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) Ozempic comes as a liquid solution in a prefilled pen for injection under your skin.
For more details on Ozempic, see this in-depth article.
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The price you pay for Ozempic can vary. It may depend on your treatment plan, your insurance coverage (if you have it), and the pharmacy you use.
You may also need to buy needles to use with your Ozempic pen.
To find out how much you’ll pay for Ozempic, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
The price of Ozempic with insurance and without it can vary based on several factors. These include:
- your days’ supply of medication (30 days versus 90 days)
- which pharmacy you use
- your treatment plan
- any savings program you use
If you have insurance, your plan’s coverage level for Ozempic may also affect the drug’s cost.
The price with no insurance may further depend on any coupons you use and where you live.
If you have any questions about the cost of Ozempic, such as the cost per month, you can talk with your pharmacist or insurance provider.
For more information about financial assistance for this and other medications, see the “Can I get help paying for Ozempic?” section below.
Does insurance cover Ozempic?
It’s possible, depending on the insurance plan you have. The cost of Ozempic with insurance depends on various factors. These include:
- your specific plan benefits
- any prior authorization requirements for your plan
- if you qualify for a cost savings program, such as the Ozempic savings card or the diabetes savings card
The cost may also depend on your dosage and other factors, such as your copay (your share of the cost of a medication).
Do Medicare and Medicaid cover Ozempic?
It’s possible. To find out whether your Medicare or Medicaid plan covers the cost of Ozempic, call your plan provider. There are many different types of Medicare and Medicaid plans available, and your cost and coverage depend on your individual plan benefits.
Keep in mind that your plan may have prior authorization requirements before it will cover Ozempic.
Your doctor can also provide details about the cost of Ozempic with Medicare or Medicaid.
Yes, Ozempic has a copay card. Ozempic’s manufacturer offers an Ozempic savings card and a diabetes savings card to help lower your out-of-pocket cost for the drug. You can use both of these cards in combination with insurance that you get through an employer or pay for yourself. You cannot combine them with government-issued insurance, such as Medicaid or Medicare.
When combined with your insurance coverage, the Ozempic savings card or the diabetes savings card may bring your Ozempic cost down to as low as $25 per month for up to 24 months. But keep in mind that these savings cards only work if your insurance covers Ozempic.
If you have questions about paying for Ozempic without insurance, see the “Can I get help paying for Ozempic?” section below.
For more information on financial assistance to pay for Ozempic if you have Medicare, see “Does the manufacturer of Ozempic have a coupon for people who have Medicare?” in the FAQs section below.
Ozempic only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available as a generic. A generic medication contains an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication but tends to cost less.
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 ingredients as brand-name drugs, they don’t need to be studied again. This can also lead to lower generic costs.
There are several ways to save on the cost of Ozempic. What’s best for you may depend on any insurance coverage you have, how you purchase the medication, and other factors. Be sure to talk with your doctor about your options.
Check whether you’re eligible for savings cards. See “Does Ozempic have a copay card?” above for details.
Search for coupons in your area. You can search for Optum Perks coupons based on your location at the beginning of this article. You can also visit Optum Perks to get price estimates for Ozempic when you use coupons from the site. (It’s important to note that Optum Perks coupons cannot be used with any insurance copays or benefits.)
Look into getting a 90-day supply of your medication. You may be able to get a 90-day supply of Ozempic if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Ozempic. If you’re interested in getting a 90-day supply of this drug, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Check with your area pharmacies. Pharmacies in your area may have different pricing for Ozempic. You could contact your local pharmacies to discuss their pricing.
Use a mail-order pharmacy or telemedicine provider to get your medication. Using a mail-order pharmacy or telemedicine provider might help lower your cost for Ozempic. 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.
Some telemedicine providers include:
Through these services, a licensed telehealth professional will give you a health evaluation and may provide an electronic prescription. (Or they might refer you to your doctor for a prescription.) You can then use this prescription to order Ozempic through the service’s site. You might be able to pick up your prescription at a nearby pharmacy or have it mailed to you.
After you start taking Ozempic, the service will provide coaching and other support.
You should also be sure to keep your doctor up to date on all of the medications you’re taking.
If you need help covering the cost of Ozempic 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. The telemedicine provider Ro also provides services that can help you understand your insurance coverage.
If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. You may also be eligible for a savings card that can help lower the cost of Ozempic. See this website or call 877-304-6855 for more information.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Ozempic and cost.
How much does Ozempic for weight loss cost?
Ozempic is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use for weight loss. Because of this, there’s no Ozempic pricing specifically for this use.
Doctors may prescribe Ozempic off-label for weight loss, though this is unlikely. (Off-label is when a drug is used to treat a condition other than those it’s approved for.) It’s more likely that your doctor would prescribe Wegovy, which contains the same active ingredient* as Ozempic, called semaglutide. Wegovy is FDA-approved to be prescribed for weight management.
If your doctor prescribes Ozempic for weight loss, your pricing may vary based on several factors, including your dosage and insurance coverage. Some insurance plans may not cover Ozempic if it’s used off-label. Or they may require your doctor to contact them for prior approval before they pay for the medication.
You can consider using a telemedicine provider to purchase Ozempic for weight loss, which may affect the drug’s price. See “How can I save money on Ozempic?” above for details.
If you’re interested in using a semaglutide injection for weight loss, talk with your doctor. They can help determine what the best medication is for you. Talk with your pharmacist or insurance provider if you have questions about the price of a semaglutide injection for weight loss.
* An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.
Does the manufacturer of Ozempic have a coupon for people who have Medicare?
Ozempic’s manufacturer does not have a coupon for people with Medicare. But they do offer the Novo Nordisk Patient Assistance Program (PAP) for people with Medicare or no insurance.
The Novo Nordisk PAP covers 100% of the cost of certain drugs, including Ozempic, for individuals who qualify. To find out whether you’re eligible for this program, visit the Novo Nordisk website.
For more information about how to save on the cost of Ozempic, see the “Can I get help paying for Ozempic?” section below.
If you still have questions about the cost of Ozempic, 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 Ozempic.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Could I get a sample pen of Ozempic if I’m waiting for insurance approval for the drug?
- Will my Ozempic starting dosage cost less than my regular dosage?
- Does my Ozempic savings card have an expiration date?
- Will my insurance pay for my Ozempic pen needles?
To learn more about Ozempic, see these articles:
- Ozempic: Overview, How It Works, and More
- All About Ozempic’s Dosage
- Ozempic Interactions: Alcohol, Medications, and Others
- Ozempic vs. Trulicity: What You Should Know
- Ozempic vs. Victoza: Which Is Better for Me?
- Side Effects of Ozempic: What You Need to Know
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Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.