If you’re looking at preventive options for episodic migraine, you may want to learn more about Qulipta.
Qulipta is a prescription drug that’s used to prevent migraine attacks due to episodic migraine in adults. It comes as a tablet that you swallow.
Qulipta contains the active ingredient atogepant. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)
Keep reading for details on Qulipta and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.
Note: For more details on Qulipta, see this in-depth article.
The price you pay for Qulipta 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 Qulipta, 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 Qulipta. This means your insurer and your doctor will discuss Qulipta in regard to your treatment. Then the insurance company will determine whether the drug is covered. If Qulipta 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 Qulipta requires prior authorization.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about Qulipta and cost.
How much is the cost of Qulipta with insurance and without insurance?
The cost of Qulipta can vary with insurance and without, based on various factors. Usually, you’ll pay more for Qulipta if you don’t have insurance that covers prescription drugs. And if you have insurance, how much you pay for Qulipta can depend on whether your insurance plan covers this drug.
Other factors that can affect Qulipta’s price include:
- where you fill your prescription
- the dosage and number of tablets your doctor prescribes
If you have insurance, contact your insurance provider to find out what you’ll pay for Qulipta. If you don’t have insurance, your doctor or pharmacist can let you know how much the drug will cost you.
For resources that may help you pay less for this drug, with or without insurance, see the “Can I get help paying for Qulipta?” section below.
Is Qulipta covered by Medicare?
It’s possible. The amount you’ll pay for Qulipta depends on your specific Medicare plan.
Copay options for different Medicare plans may vary for the cost of brand-name drugs such as Qulipta. (A copay is a fixed amount that you may have to pay for your medication.) And some Medicare plans don’t cover the cost of prescription drugs.
If you have Medicare, contact your Medicare provider to find out if your plan covers Qulipta.
Qulipta 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 ingredient in a brand-name medication. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) 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 take Qulipta 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 Qulipta if approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost of Qulipta. 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 Qulipta. 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 might be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
If you need help covering the cost of Qulipta 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 insurance, you may be eligible for a cost savings through a program called Qulipta Complete. If you don’t have insurance coverage, you may be able to get Qulipta at no cost through the myAbbvie Assist program.
Your doctor or pharmacist may also have suggestions for saving on the cost of Qulipta.
If you still have questions about the cost of Qulipta, 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 Qulipta.
Examples of questions you may want to ask your doctor or insurance provider include:
- Does the quantity of Qulipta tablets I’m prescribed affect how much I’ll pay?
- Will my dosage of Qulipta affect the cost?
- Are there other less expensive drugs that help prevent migraine attacks from episodic migraine?
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