If you’re looking at treatment options for thyroid eye disease, you may want to learn more about Tepezza. It’s a prescription drug used to reduce the symptoms of thyroid eye disease in adults.

The active ingredient in Tepezza is teprotumumab-trbw. (The active ingredient is what makes a drug work.)

Tepezza comes as a powder that’s mixed into a liquid solution and given as an intravenous (IV) infusion. (This is an injection into a vein given over time.) You’ll get your dose of Tepezza at a doctor’s office, hospital, or in an infusion suite.

Keep reading for details on Tepezza infusions and cost, and how to save money on prescriptions.

Note: For more details on Tepezza, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for Tepezza 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 Tepezza.

To find out how much you’ll pay for Tepezza, talk with your doctor, or insurance provider.

Below are answers to some common questions about Tepezza and cost.

How much does Tepezza cost with insurance?

The cost of Tepezza with insurance depends on many factors, including:

  • your specific insurance plan
  • if you qualify for support
  • your dosage

To find out how much Tepezza may cost you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. If you have insurance, call your insurer to find out if Tepezza is covered.

What is Tepezza’s cost per year?

Tepezza’s annual cost depends on many factors, including:

  • if you qualify for and use a savings program
  • your dosage
  • your insurance coverage

To find out how much Tepezza may cost you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. If you have insurance, call your insurer to find out if Tepezza is covered.

How much does Tepezza cost if I have Medicare?

There are different Medicare plans and drug coverage can differ between them. If you have Medicare, talk with your doctor or pharmacist to determine how much Tepezza may cost you.

If you’re having trouble finding out your cost for Tepezza, call your insurance provider for more information on your coverage. You may also be able to talk with a Tepezza Patient Access Liaison for additional information.

If you need help covering the cost of Tepezza 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.

And a program called Horizon By Your Side may offer copay assistance and other support.

If you have questions about how to pay for your prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Tepezza only comes as a brand-name drug. It’s not currently available as a biosimilar.

Since Tepezza is a biologic drug, it can’t have a generic version. This is because biologics are made from living cells and can’t be replicated exactly. Instead, it’s possible for biologic drugs to have biosimilar versions. Biosimilars are just as safe and effective as the original biologic but often cost less.

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 manufacturer 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 still have questions about the cost of Tepezza, 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’ll pay.

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

  • What can I do if I can’t afford Tepezza?
  • Are there less costly alternatives to Tepezza?
  • Will my dosage of Tepezza affect the cost of the medication?

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